The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is Samsung’s biggest and most powerful watch so far. The specs are more impressive than any Galaxy Watch so far, with improved durability, better sensor set, GPS features like route workouts, and improved sleep and activity tracking.
Announced during Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 10th, we imagine you have a lot of questions about this fitness-focused Samsung watch that you need to answer before hitting “pre-order”. That’s where we come in: we spent time with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and we’re here to answer all your questions. For more of our first impressions of the watch, you can check out our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
To check out more of all the news revealed in Samsung Unpacked, you can check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, the new folding phones Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro was announced at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on August 10th and will officially launch on August 26th. Until then, the Watch 5 Pro will be available for pre-order.
In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will retail for $449 for the Bluetooth version and $499 for the LTE 4G version. In the UK, the Watch 5 Pro will cost £429 (Bluetooth) and £479 (LTE), while in Australia, the watch will cost $799 (Bluetooth) and $849 (4G).
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: full specs
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro measures 45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5mm and weighs 46g, which is nice and light considering the premium build. The titanium case (which comes in black and gray colors) and sapphire crystal ensure the watch is extremely durable: Samsung claims it is twice as tough as its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 4. watch watch clasp 5 .
The 450 x 450 pixel Super AMOLED display has an always-on functionality, so you can check your pulse at any time without doing the ‘smartwatch flick’. A 590mAh battery is said to be rated to power the watch for 80 hours, while WPC-based wireless charging can ensure the watch hits 45% in 30 minutes.
A 1.18GHz Exynos W920 Dual-Core chipset powers the watch’s intelligence, which runs Samsung’s Wear OS 3.5 and OneUI Watch4.5. The GPS connection is impressive, with multi-band Glonass, Beidou and Galileo. The watch carries 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of memory, enough for your favorite music.
Sensor-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro can collect a variety of data with Samsung’s unique BioActive Sensor, which measures optical heart rate, electrical signals, and bioelectrical impedance analysis to measure body composition. It also has a temperature sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor and light sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: Smart Features
All that smart technology makes the Watch 5 Pro a true Wear OS watch as much as a fitness watch. You can use Spotify, Soundcloud or Deezer regardless of your phone, all with just your voice using Google Assistant.
In addition to the standard notification functionality of a variety of apps, if you want to reply to your emails, WhatsApps or other messages on the go, access to third-party apps is more present than ever thanks to the Wear OS 3.5 Play Store. Accept and reject calls as normal or with Google Assistant voice commands.
One UI Watch4.5 is said to offer a more complete typing experience, an easier way to make calls, and new accessibility features that make the Galaxy Watch more intuitive.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: Fitness features
The watch allows you to collect a lot of health information. The biometric impedance analysis function to measure body composition was present on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, but has since been enhanced with additional targets. You can set body composition goals such as reducing fat mass or increasing muscle mass, and the Watch 5 Pro will send you reminders to regularly measure your body composition with BIA to help you increase your goals.
Likewise, the sleep functionality tracks your snoring, time spent awake, in REM, light or deep sleep and is more accurate than ever thanks to the BioActive Sensor. Once the watch has collected enough data, it provides a sleep profile through which it can assign useful “sleep missions” to improve your overall sleep score.
The watch’s BioActive sensor is instrumental in collecting data to monitor your exercise, sleep and stress levels, offering breathing exercise suggestions as well as suggested exercises and training plans for specific fitness goals. The Watch 5 Pro has the ability to measure blood pressure and skin temperature, although these features are not yet available in some regions. Samsung states, “the blood pressure app has not yet been cleared by the US FDA and will not be available in the US unless and until such authorization is received.”
Watch 5 Pro can access all Samsung Health (opens in new tab) Available activity profiles including running, walking, walking, cycling, treadmill running, swimming, strength training, yoga and more. You can save your favorites to the watch for quick access.
New to the Watch 5 Pro is Route Workouts, which lets you download routes to your watch and get turn-by-turn navigation assistance with haptic feedback – wrist vibrations tell you when to turn right or left. The new TrackBack feature also takes you back to the beginning of your route.