It takes something special to stand out in the crowded The Wind Up – Watch News #115/wearable market, so it’s bold of Samsung to send not one but two new devices out into the throng. Whether they have what it takes to dominate the competition won’t become clear until we have the chance to really put them through their paces, but we’re comfortable in saying that on paper, the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro look very promising.
Galaxy Watch5 Design
Starting with the Watch5, on the surface this has a tastefully refined, minimalist design that’s available in both 40mm and 44mm sizes, boasting an edge-to-edge screen that’s the kind of thing we all imagined (or hoped) we might eventually see back when smartwatches first appeared.
Designed to offer a holistic wellness experience – the kind we very much like the sound of but often find too tricky to commit to – the watch offers more sensors than you poke a stick at. These include Samsung’s three-in-one bioactive sensor, a new temperature sensor, an accelerometer, barometer, the list goes on…
Galaxy Watch5 Features
All of this is squeezed into the Galaxy Watch5 so it can track everything from the length and quality of your sleep, to your heart rate, blood oxygen level, and stress level. You can also keep a close eye on your heart, with blood pressure monitoring and an electrocardiogram (ECG). Samsung’s new wearable crunches all this data through the body composition measurement tool in order to give you a snapshot of your overall health, from which the brand claims it will suggest a tailored approach to help you improve your wellness situation. As mentioned, sleep monitoring is a large part of what the Watch5 offers, serving up scores that monitor your sleep stages, along with snore detection and blood oxygen levels. The device is then supposed to help you improve your habits via advanced sleep coaching over a tailored month-long guided program.
All of this would mean little if you had to charge your Aquaracer Professional 300 Night Diver Release every night, completely undermining any chance it might have to deploy its sleep-tracking capabilities. Fortunately, the Watch5 comes with a battery 13 per cent larger than its predecessor, which can provide eight hours of sleep tracking after just eight minutes of charging time. Additional durability means you can happily wear the Watch5 while sleeping without worrying about accidentally smashing it against your bed frame mid-night terror – we’re still following up with Samsung regarding how the Watch5 crunches night terror data.
Galaxy Watch5 Pro
Samsung’s second new wearable is the Galaxy Watch5 Pro. Designed for the outdoor enthusiast, this is the one to go for if you spend your week dreaming of your next hike, bike ride or abseil. Like the Watch5 it’s fitted with tough sapphire crystal glass, but it boasts an additional 45mm titanium case for durability, affixing to your wrist via a D-buckle sport band, designed to stand up to whatever rugged outdoorsman activities you have planned.
GPS-fuelled functionality enables you to head out and record your hike, run or ride and share your route with others via the Samsung Health app. Turn-by-turn directions mean you soak in your surroundings, rather than constantly checking your devices, and a Track Back feature means your Watch5 Pro will guide you back the way you came like Hansel and Gretel following digital breadcrumbs.
Galaxy Watch5 & Watch5 Pro Pricing & Availability
The Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro can be pre-ordered from August 11 and will be available from September 2. The 44mm Watch5 is available in Graphite, Sapphire, and Silver, while the 40mm model swaps out the Sapphire for Pink Gold. Pricing starts at AUD$499 for the Bluetooth version and AUD$599 for the LTE version. The Watch5 Pro is available in Black Titanium and Gray Titanium, with pricing starting at AUD$799 for the Bluetooth version and AUD$849 for the LTE version.
DISCLAIMER: The author of this article, Rob Edwards, was invited to attend Unpacked 2022 as a guest of Samsung.
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