Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 may beat the Apple Watch 8 as a major leak

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larger batteries than anticipated

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series are expected to be unveiled during an event on August 10 as part of Samsung’s second major launch of 2022. These watches are expected to be the show’s genuine standouts.

If the numerous leaks we’ve seen are correct, there isn’t much left to learn about wearables at this point. A significant fresh leak has recently surfaced on WinFuture, which includes nearly a complete specifications list and what appear to be official marketing images.

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The most significant information in this leaked information relates to the battery capacities, with the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 reportedly having a 284mAh battery, the 44mm model reportedly having a 410mAh battery, and the 45mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro reportedly receiving a massive 590mAh battery.

These capacities would surpass both the battery capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series and earlier leaks’ estimates. Even greater than the three days of life we’d previously heard it was capable of, they would reportedly allow for 50 hours of life in the ordinary versions and up to 80 hours in the case of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

Other leaked information includes mention of a 1.19-inch AMOLED display with 396 x 396 resolution on the 40mm model and a bigger 1.36-inch AMOLED screen with 450 x 450 resolution on the other two models, with sapphire glass being utilised for the screen on all three variants.

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Additionally, they all reportedly feature the Exynos W920 chipset, which we previously saw in the Galaxy Watch 4, and wirelessly charge at a 10W rate. Up to 16GB of storage is stated to be included, along with GPS, NFC, and, in the case of cellular devices, an eSIM.

The regular Galaxy Watch 5 variants appear to be 9.8mm thick and weigh 28.7g for the 40mm model and 33.5g for the 44mm model, giving us measurements as well. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is reportedly 10.5mm thick and weighs 46.5g. The larger battery is probably to blame for all of the additional weight.

We’ve included a few of the leaked photographs of the wearables above; more can be seen on WinFuture’s website, but they don’t reveal anything new. The primary finding is that, regrettably, none of the models appear to feature a rotating bezel. The Watch 5 Pro does indeed resemble the ordinary models rather closely, although it appears to have a titanium body.

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The 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is said to cost €299, the 44mm model €329, and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro €469, according to probable pricing. That is for the Bluetooth-only variants; cellular ones, it appears, cost an additional €40–€50.

For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4’s starting price for a 40mm model was €269. A 44mm model cost €299, and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic cost between €369 and €399, depending on size.

Therefore, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 line will cost more. Price conversions are seldom perfect, but if these euro prices are correct, you could expect to spend somewhat more for a Watch 5 than the Watch 4’s starting price of $249.99 (£249; AU$399;) and more than the Watch 4 Classic’s starting price of $349 (£349; AU$549;).

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Analysis: Even at these pricing, the Apple Watch 8 might be defeated by the Galaxy Watch 5 series

The Apple Watch’s major competitor is normally the Galaxy Watch series, and this year it may present even stronger competition.

Even after accounting for the previously reported price increases for Samsung’s watches, sources indicate that the Apple Watch 8, which is expected to launch in the near future, will cost at least as much as the Watch 5.

In terms of battery life, Samsung’s wearables may outperform the Apple Watch 8; but, aside from a potential new Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition, it doesn’t appear like Apple’s next wearables will provide much changes. They may feature a body temperature sensor, but Samsung watches also may.

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As usual, your preference for an operating system will play a major role in your decision; if you prefer an Android phone, the Apple Watch 8 won’t be an option for you. However, based only on speculated features and costs, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series is most likely to compete with or surpass the finest Apple watches.

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