The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will be unveiled on August 10th, but there’s still time for some rumors and leaks before that – and the latest gives us some more insight into pricing and battery life.
According to retail listings identified by Dealntech (opens in new tab)the standard Galaxy Watch 5 will be €10 than the previous smartwatch version, while the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (following the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic) is expected to be €30 more expensive.
This represents a drop of around $10/£8.50 and a jump of around $30/£25, so we’re not talking big changes, but these potential fluctuations are worth bearing in mind if you plan on taking it. one of the new wearables in the coming months.
There’s good news too from a respectable informant ice universe (opens in new tab)which says the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will be able to achieve up to three days of battery life – and considering last year’s model struggles to make it to the end of the day, that’s a welcome improvement.
It would also put Samsung’s new premium smartwatch ahead of most other Wear OS smartwatches on the market in terms of battery life. Certainly, when it comes to wearables complete with color screens, more than a day of battery life is unusual.
Exactly how the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will achieve this feat remains to be seen: it is possible that there is some strict battery saver mode to save power. We will bring you all the details as soon as Samsung makes these devices official.
Review: The appeal of better battery life
While plugging smartwatches like the Apple Watch 7 into a power supply every night isn’t a big deal, after using a wearable that can last several days on a single charge, it’s hard to go back.
Take the solar-powered version of the Garmin Instinct 2, for example: through a combination of a monochrome display and a battery that can be recharged with sunlight, it’s capable of lasting up to a month between recharges. You can go away for a week or two without worrying about where your charger is.
To be fair, it’s not hard to see why manufacturers struggle with this. Full-featured smartwatches use bright, colorful displays to show everything they need to show, and in terms of physical limitations, there’s not a lot of room inside a smartwatch’s body to pack a particularly large battery.
We have no reason to doubt the latest Galaxy Watch 5 Pro leak, so let’s hope that Samsung has found a way to stretch the time between charges – it will certainly increase the wearable’s appeal once it continues to offer.