refined and tough

We took the time to grab (and wrist) the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. Both watches boast beautiful, refined finishes behind which lie products that claim to be ready to take on the world.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

At Samsung, connected watches generally get positive reviews for their good features, but are often singled out for their rather high prices. Here we are in August 2022, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro have just gone official and we’ve already been able to try them out briefly. Opportunity to share some impressions.

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We don’t laugh at the solidity

This is perhaps the main element emphasized in the design of the two watches: solidity. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro want to make it clear to their potential users that they are built to last. A spokesman for the brand thus evokes the Mohs scale, which measures the hardness of minerals. The sapphire crystal that protects the screens of both devices has a score of 8/10 for the Watch 5 and 9/10 for the Watch 5 Pro.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are not the same sizes // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

During the hands-on session organized by Samsung, the manufacturer in a corner suggested using a metal tool worthy of the executioner JerryRigEverything’s selection. I frantically rubbed the sharp end of the screen on the sturdier model without managing to scratch it, even by pressing hard enough or tapping it. To give you an idea, we’re told here that the Galaxy Watch 5 will have a 60% more resistant screen compared to the previous generation. It is even twice as resistant on the side of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

The case is no exception. Aluminum finish for the classic version, titanium for the Pro – the latter is really meant for the most adventurous people. In other words, these watches are meant to be tough, hard to damage.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro front view // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Note that there is no physical rotating ring on these models, but you can still navigate the interface by sliding your finger around the edges of the screen.

Refined watches

Despite their ruggedness, Samsung’s connected watches remain refined and comfortable on the wrist. This is especially true of the normal Galaxy Watch 5. Available in two sizes, 40 and 44 mm (with 284 and 410 mAh batteries respectively), it avoids being too impressive and will therefore easily match the rest of your clothes. On the other hand, we have the right to wonder what it actually brings compared to the previous generation.

In addition to a sensor that has been revisited to better fit the shape of the wrist – and therefore promises more accurate measurements of health-related data – we will highlight a temperature sensor that Samsung does not currently use, but is making available to app developers so that they can make it their own.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro sensor
The sensor on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

We can also highlight the compatibility with Bluetooth 5.2, which consumes less than 5.1, but it is hard to believe that this will have a really significant effect.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro immediately stands out with its massive 45 mm case, which houses a large 590 mAh battery for autonomy that promises to be very impressive. Personally, on the design side, I was a little less hooked, as this version with my small wrists seemed disproportionate. This does not detract from its excellence. We keep to a very refined tone.

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Comparison between Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

You might be one of those for whom the Pro model’s impressive looks aren’t a problem. Good for you because you could take advantage of the functions exclusive to it: import of GPX files for walking, running or cycling training courses, step-by-step navigation or even Trace back which takes you home by the best route if you get lost during a sports excursion. This is also possible thanks to a more accurate GPS on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Nothing special to report on the interface side. We are dealing with One UI 4.5 on Wear OS 3.5. This version of the system should, among other things, provide more relevant suggestions in the Play Store. Before we move on to the prices, it only remains for me to tell you that we will experience the health-related features of the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro in our upcoming full test. On the program: body composition, electrocardiogram, sleep monitoring, blood pressure, etc.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro price and release date

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will officially be available for sale on August 26, 2022. Until then, you can take advantage of the pre-order offer, which includes a 50 euro trade-in bonus and a pair of Galaxy Buds Live on offer.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 profile
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 in profile // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Regarding the suggested prices for watches in their Bluetooth versions, 299 euros count for the Galaxy Watch 5 40 mm. We go up to 329 euros for the 44 mm size. The 45mm Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Bluetooth is offered for 469 euros. So for all these products you have to add 50 euros if you want to enjoy the variants compatible with the 5G network.

To go further, read our Samsung Gaalxy Z Fold 4 hands-on or our first impressions of the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

NB. This handling took place as part of a press tour organized by Samsung in London.

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