Samsung unveils Galaxy Watch5 & Watch5 Pro

With a more durable design and enhanced health features, Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch5 Pro smartwatches are aimed at fitness fans who tend to get off the beaten track.

Unveiled overnight at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch5 Pro are Samsung’s first to feature a Sapphire Crystal display, which offers a 60 per cent harder outer layer than the Galaxy Watch 4.

The Watch5 Pro adds a durable titanium casing which protects the display with a protruded bezel design – although this year’s watches forgo the rotating bezel found on some previous models. The Watch5 Pro also features a 60 per cent larger battery than the Watch4.

Both new smartwatches are equipped with Samsung’s BioActive sensor, first introduced on the Galaxy Watch4 series, which uses a single chip that combines three health sensors – Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. This allows the sensor to provide extensive readings which include heart rate, blood oxygen level and stress level. In addition, users can monitor the health of their heart by tracking blood pressure and ECG.

An increased surface area, offering more direct skin contact, increases the accuracy of monitoring compared to previous models.

When it’s time to rest, the Galaxy Watch5 series provides users with recovery data, including post-cardio heart rate after an intense workout, and customised recommendations on water consumption based on sweat loss. At night, sleep monitoring includes snore detection and blood oxygen levels, while advanced Sleep Coaching provides a tailored month-long guided program for improving sleep habits.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro are available for pre-order on August 11, with retail availability beginning September 2.

The Watch5 is available in two sizes: the large 44 mm body comes in a choice of Graphite, Sapphire and Silver, while the small 40 mm option is available in Graphite, Pink Gold and Silver. The 45 mm Watch5 Pro is available in Black Titanium and Gray Titanium, starting at $799 for the Bluetooth version and $849 for the LTE version.

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 Galaxy Watch5 Galaxy Watch5 Pro 
Size 40mm/44mm(L) 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8t / 33.5g(S) 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8t / 28.7g 45mm 45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5t / 46.5g 
Colours 44mm – Graphite, Sapphire, Silver 
40mm – Graphite, Pink Gold, Silver 
Black Titanium, Grey Titanium 
Strap size 20mm  20mm
Inbox Strap Sports Band D-Buckle Band 
Material Aluminum Titanium 
Processor Exynos W920 (Dualcore, 5nm) Exynos W920 (Dualcore, 5nm)
Memory RAM 1.5GB + 16GB RAM 1.5GB + 16GB
Display (44mm)1.36”(450×450), 330PPI 1.36”(450×450), 330PPI
Display (40mm)1.19”(396×396), 339PPI 1.19”(396×396), 339PPI
Window Sapphire Crystal ※ 24GPaSapphire Crystal ※ 29GPa 
Health Heart Rate Monitor. ECG, BP, BIA, Continuous SpO2 Heart Rate Monitor. ECG, BP, BIA, Continuous SpO2
Sensor Samsung Knox, Samsung Knox Vault Samsung Knox, Samsung Knox Vault
Battery 284mAh / 410mAh 590mah 
Charging Faster ChargingFaster Charging
Connectivity BT 5.2 / Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz / GPS / NFC / LTE BT 5.2 / Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz / GPS / NFC / LTE 
Waterproof 5ATM/ IP68/ MIL-STD-810H 5ATM/ IP68/ MIL-STD-810H
Feedback Mic., Speaker, Motor, Touch Bezel Mic., Speaker, Motor, Touch Bezel 
Health Fall Detection Fall Detection 
HealthBlood Pressure Blood Pressure 
HealthBio Impedance Analysis Bio Impedance Analysis 
HealthBlood Oxygen Blood Oxygen 
HealthECG ECG 
HealthCompass Compass 
Compatibility Android Android 

(Source: Samsung)

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