Lab – Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro watches much thicker than advertised by Samsung

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On our wrist for a few days, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro connected watch is already revealing a big surprise. Literally, as its thickness somewhat challenged us. The watch turns out to be much thicker than advertised.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Bluetooth

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Unveiled just a week ago, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro promise better battery life, especially thanks to larger batteries. However, if we look at their data sheets, the thickness of the Galaxy Watch 5 40 and 44 mm would not have increased compared to the Galaxy Watch 4, which suggests that Samsung has managed to gain some space in the watch case. reduce the volume of the electronics or the thickness of the materials, for example – or simply use a battery with better energy density. Despite looking virtually identical to the Galaxy Watch 4, for goodness sake we checked the thickness of the Galaxy Watch 5 with our calipers, with a surprise in store.

Before we present our measurements, it should be noted that the thicknesses of the connected watches specified by many manufacturers do not include the sensor islands, which protrude from them most of the time. An Apple Watch is thus given for 10.7 mm, while it is 13.1 if you measure with a caliper with the thickness of its sensors. In the case of Galaxy Watches, and in particular the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, the story is quite different.

Left, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm;  on the right, Galaxy Watch 5 40mm.

Left, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm; on the right, Galaxy Watch 5 40mm.

The thickness of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has actually challenged us and made us do some research. Reported at 10.5mm, the latter seems much thicker, even if we disregard its island of sensors. That being said, as comfortable as it is to wear – we’ll get to that when it’s fully tested – the watch felt as chunky as the latest multisport watches. outdoor which we tested (Garmin Epix Gen 2, Polar Grit X Pro, Amazfit T-Rex 2).

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Galaxy Watch 5 on the left, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro on the right.

Galaxy Watch 5 on the left, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro on the right.

For its part, the non-“Pro” Galaxy Watch 5 seems less thick, but not particularly thin, despite a spec sheet advertising less than 10mm thick. So how can Samsung show respective thicknesses of 9.8mm and 10.5mm for their Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro? Here is the answer in pictures.

A question of design and method

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 connected watch measured with a caliper.

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 connected watch measured with a caliper.

As can be seen in the image above, the measurement announced by Samsung corresponds to the distance between the surface of the glass and the start of the rounding of the bottom of the cabinet.

The curved back of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 40mm.

The curved back of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 40mm.

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While this isn’t really shocking, since a good portion of this curvature sinks into the skin when the watch is tightened around the wrist, it still seems a bit presumptuous for us to announce a thickness of 9.8mm, even though the overall thickness on the Galaxy Watch 5 is actually close to an Apple Watch (whose official thickness is announced at 10.7mm from the Series 4).

Galaxy Watch 5 40mm versus Apple Watch Series 4 44mm.

Galaxy Watch 5 40mm versus Apple Watch Series 4 44mm.

Samsung can justify this way of measuring the thickness of its watch with the virtual absence of demarcation between its sensor island and its back, especially since the infrared body temperature sensor is located next to the island major. The design of the watch is at issue here.

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From left to right: Apple Watch Series 4, announced with a thickness of 10.7 mm (excluding sensor island);  Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, announced at 9.8mm;  Garmin Venu 2S, advertised at 12.1mm.

From left to right: Apple Watch Series 4, announced with a thickness of 10.7 mm (excluding sensor island); Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, announced at 9.8mm; Garmin Venu 2S, advertised at 12.1mm.

A much bigger difference in thickness for the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

We don’t want to make a big fuss about the Galaxy Watch 5 40 and 44 mm, especially since it didn’t shock us when we tested the Galaxy Watch 4. On the other hand, we can rightfully be surprised by the thickness of the Galaxy Watch See 5 Pro, announced at only 10.5 mm despite the integration of a large 590 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (45mm).

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (45mm).

The watch actually measures no less than 13.8 mm if we take into account the thickness of the case back, which is rounded until it reaches the sensor island. It is therefore more than 3 mm that is deliberately subtracted from the thickness measurement.

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro connected watch measured with a caliper.

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro connected watch measured with a caliper.

If we add the island of sensors, we even reach about 15.2 mm, almost the same thickness as a Garmin Epix Gen 2 – announced at 14.5 mm and measured by us at 15.7 mm, taking into account its island of sensors .

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (left) versus Garmin's Epix Gen 2 (right).

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (left) versus Garmin’s Epix Gen 2 (right).

Comfort above all

Therefore, although the method of calculating the thickness of a watch is standardized, we can see that a simple question of design can benefit a watch in its technical data sheet. A rounded back with an island of sensors with little demarcation can thus be a game-changer, as is the case for the Galaxy Watch 5.

We find this regrettable because consumers cannot therefore trust the values ​​that the manufacturers have announced. We will therefore be even more vigilant in the future when it comes to official technical characteristics. Moreover, if the thinness of a watch is important, its shape and its mass are at least as important in the assessment of its comfort. On this aspect, we can already say that the Galaxy Watch 5 watches are fortunately very comfortable to wear, even if they are not as thin as expected.

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