We expect a new smartwatch from Samsung in 2022. Below is everything we know so far about the Galaxy Watch 5, like when it will launch, how much it'll cost, and its features and improvements over last year's version.
When Will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Be Released?
Samsung is like most tech companies with annual product line updates: they're typically consistent up to the month each year. Historically, the Galaxy Watch releases in the fall.
Forbes reported back in 2021 that Samsung "apparently plans to release the new watch in "Q3-Q4" of next year," and Jon Prosser backs that with specific days.
More recently, we saw support pages for the new watch spring up on Samsung's websites, and then quickly get removed. It's definitely arriving soon.
Release Date Estimate
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Price Rumors
We can't confirm the Galaxy Watch 5 price until we see a trusted leak or Samsung makes the official announcement. What we can do in the meantime is assume parallels with last year's models.
One difference with this lineup is that it seems Samsung will do away with the Classic model, and instead go with a Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. According to that source, the Pro will arrive in one size, and the regular variant will come in two sizes.
There are two versions of the Galaxy Watch 4, both available in two sizes. It launched at $249.99 for the smallest wearable, with other options priced up to $200 more for the largest Classic edition with LTE.
WinFuture writer Roland Quandt claims the watch will cost more than its predecessor:
Those prices might not be converted exactly 1-to-1 upon release, but here are the USD equivalents:
Galaxy Watch 5
- 40mm Bluetooth: ~315 USD
- 40mm LTE: ~370 USD
- 44mm Bluetooth: ~370 USD
- 44mm LTE: ~420 USD
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
- 45mm Bluetooth: ~515 USD
- 45mm LTE: ~570 USD
There was a little over two weeks difference between when last year's models were announced and when they became available on Samsung's website. This timeline will probably be the case this year, too.
Pre-orders on August 10 and the actual release on August 26.
We'll update this section with pre-order links when they become available.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Features
We're still months out before we'll see anything trustworthy about this watch, so the lack of rumors isn't surprising.
One idea is that this will be the first Galaxy Watch with a rollable display. You read that right: it might have a screen you can roll out to make it larger!
How do we know this? Well, beyond seeming like a natural addition to Samsung's other extendable-display devices, there are patents to back it up, which even describe a camera in the center. It might not be ready for this year's watch, and we won't know for sure until we uncover some reliable leaks. For now, this news (details below) is the closest to "official" that we have for this watch, so stay tuned for updates.
We expect to see other things typical for any next-gen wearable, like better battery life (some reports are saying a 60% boost over the Galaxy Watch 4), Google Assistant integration, improved physical design, and new straps. It would also be nice to see wider compatibility—opening the phone up for full use with non-Samsung devices would undoubtedly be appreciated by iPhone and other Android users.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Specs and Hardware
If the rollable display rumor turns out true, the screen for this watch will be extendable up to 40 percent. But we don't know its size in the compact/normal position.
LetsGoDigital's analysis of the patent shows you'll be able to manage the roll effect by pressing the crown on the side of the watch or by swiping on the screen. Also apparent from the patent illustrations is a camera that will presumably let you take photos and videos directly from the watch, and possibly allow for face unlock for increased security.
Samsung filed that patent in late 2021, so it's probably for a future device, like the Galaxy Watch 6 or even something the company is just beginning to dream up. This same is true for this patent LetsGoDigital details of another rollable design, supporting rotation, and a larger overall display. Essentially, it looks like a phone for your wrist.
When fully extended, the screen is twice as large as in the most compact position. Where 12 icons can be displayed as standard, this is 24 in the expanded position - this can be deduced from the patent illustrations.
See this PDF of the patent for all the images. LetsGoDigital soberly admits this particular patent details a watch that is unlikely to be released in 2022, let alone anytime in the next few years.
The only semi-real news we have so far is from those two patents. But remember, it's common for companies to have patents for products that never see the light of day or won't come out for years after the approval date.
According to Samsung news site SamMobile, the new watches are also likely to have a MIL-STD-810G aluminum case and IP68 water and dust resistance certification. Ice Universe leaves us a tip that it'll use sapphire glass and titanium.
Look for three variants: 40mm, 44mm, and 45mm versions, with the latter adopting the "Pro" name. The 40mm version is said to come in Pink Gold, Gray, and Silver; the 44mm version will be available in Blue, Gray, and Silver; and the Watch 5 Pro will be offered in Black and Titanium.
According to FCC documents, the watch will feature 10W chargers.
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