The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will be unveiled on August 10, but there’s still time for a few rumors and leaks before then – and the latest ones give us a few more hints about pricing and battery life.
According to retail listings spotted by Dealntech (opens in new tab)the standard Galaxy Watch 5 will cost 10 euros more than the previous version of the smartwatch, while the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (following the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic) is expected to be 30 euros more expensive.
That’s a drop of around $10 / £8.50 and a jump of around $30 / £25, so we’re not talking huge changes, but it’s worth keeping these possible fluctuations in mind if you’re planning on picking up one of the new wearables in the coming months.
There’s also good news from a reputable tipster Ice universe (opens in new tab)which says the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will be able to get up to three days of battery life – and given that last year’s model struggled 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 full-featured wearables with full-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’s possible that there will be some kind of strict battery saver mode to save power. We’ll bring you all the details as soon as Samsung makes these devices official.
Analysis: the appeal of better battery life
While it’s not a big deal to plug smartwatches like the Apple Watch 7 into power every night, once you’ve used a wearable that can last for days on a single charge, it’s hard to go back.
Take, for example, the solar-powered version of the Garmin Instinct 2: through a combination of a monochrome display and a battery that can be charged by sunlight, it can last up to a month between recharges. You can go away for a week or two without worrying about where your charger is.
Honestly, 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 isn’t a huge amount of room in a smartwatch case to fit in a particularly large battery.
We have no reason to doubt the latest leak surrounding the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, so let’s hope Samsung has found a way to extend the time between charges – it’s sure to add to the wearable’s appeal once it goes on sale.