While not nearly as thoroughly leaked as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 mobile powerhouses, Samsung’s next-gen Apple Watch rivals have also been in the spotlight a lot lately, with several reputable sources claiming to reveal some juicy details about the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro.
Of course, there aren’t many insider resources about unreleased devices that are more reliable than the Federal Communications Commission. Although the latest certification documents from the FCC (first reported by 9to5Google
) seem to put a lot of details on three Samsung products with model numbers SM-R900, SM-R910 and SM-R920 set firmly in stone, only one of these can ever be described as juicy… or remotely interesting.
Smartwatches also need to be charged quickly
65W. 120W. 150W. 200W. Even with absolutely no context, those numbers are likely to ring a bell for many Android phone users at this point. But while (certain) handset manufacturers have made great efforts to reach fast charging milestone after milestone first, making a big fuss about each new achievement, most smartwatch vendors don’t seem interested in advancing that particular area of that particular market.
Many of the same companies are of course involved in both sectors, including Samsung. With the Galaxy S22 Ultra with charging speeds of up to 45 watts several steps behind the competition, we are almost surprised to see that the Galaxy Watch 5 family is confirmed with 10W charging technology.
The Galaxy Watch 5 could overtake the Apple Watch Series 7 (pictured here).
That’s a pleasant surprise, mind you, just like last year Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic is barely able to get from 0 to 100 percent battery capacity in about two hours with the same 5W charging limitation in between.
In contrast, the Apple Watch Series 7 takes about 45 minutes to fill its empty tank to 80 percent or so, something we can probably expect the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro to match or even exceed in a few months.
Fast charging was one of the biggest advertised selling points and major upgrades of the Series 7 in 2020 Apple Watch Series 6, which may have convinced Samsung to take this feature seriously.
Charging speed upgrade is fine with a bigger battery
Aaaan and it looks like that’s exactly what Galaxy Watch 5 buyers will get in August. The diminutive version of the non-Pro Wear OS smartwatch (aka the SM-R900) was unveiled all the way back in March to pack a 276mAh cell, (slightly) higher than the 247mAh battery currently owners of the 40mm non-classic Galaxy Watch 4 to get (almost) a good day’s work on a single charge.
The large Galaxy Watch 5, which is expected to coincide with the aforementioned SM-R910 model number, could offer a similar upgrade over the 361mAh battery pack. 44mm Galaxy Watch 4 thanks to a juicer at around 400mAh, while the one and only Galaxy Watch 5 Pro variant (aka the SM-R920) is tipped to somehow house a 572mAh cell under the hood.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is pretty good, but we have reason to expect the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro to be bigger.
That’s a huge step forward from both the 42mm and 46mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, whose 247 and 361 mAh batteries, respectively, would pale in comparison to what Samsung is preparing for possibly its best smartwatch yet.
Speaking of later this year, these FCC approvals may or may not mean the Galaxy Watch 5 range is just around the corner, such as an Unpacked announcement and pre-order starts on August 10 alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 still seems more likely than, say, a quiet launch in early July along with the Galaxy Buds Pro 2.
The other details revealed by the FCC, by the way, are Wear OS support (duh!), NFC, Bluetooth, and 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, with no built-in 4G LTE capabilities… models.