Repetitive and powerful

We took the time to grab (and wrist) the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. Both watches feature beautiful, upscale finishes that hide behind products they claim are 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 qualities, but they are often singled out for their relatively high prices. Here we are in August 2022, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are official and we were already able to try them out for a while. An opportunity to share some impressions.

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We don’t laugh hard

This is perhaps the main element highlighted in the design of the two watches: hardness. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro want to make it clear to their potential users that they are determined to keep going. Hence, the brand’s spokesperson invokes 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.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs Watch 5 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro don’t have the same sizes // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

During a grip session organized by Samsung, the manufacturer suggested, at an angle, the use of a metal tool worthy of the executioner’s scope JerryRigEverything. I frantically rub the sharp end against the screen of the more powerful model without succeeding in scratching it, even by pressing or tapping it hard enough. To give you an idea: We’re told here that the Galaxy Watch 5 will have a screen that’s 60% more resistant than the previous generation. It’s twice as resistant on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro side.

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

The face of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro front // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

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

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Despite their durability, Samsung connected watches remain polished and pleasant on the wrist. This is especially true for the regular Galaxy Watch 5. Available in two sizes, 40 and 44 mm (with 284 and 410 mAh batteries), it avoids being too bulky and will therefore easily fit in with the rest of your clothes. In turn, we are entitled to wonder what it really brings compared to the previous generation.

Aside from the sensor that has been revised to better fit the shape of the wrist – and thus promise more accurate measurements of health-related data – we’ll highlight a temperature sensor that Samsung isn’t using at the moment, but lets app developers so they can. They can make it their own.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro sensor
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro sensor // 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 would have a really noticeable effect.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro immediately stands out with a massive 45mm case housing a 590mAh battery for autonomy which promises to be quite impressive. Personally, design-wise, I was a little less attached since this version looked out of place on my little wrist. This does not detract from the excellence of the finishes. We remain on a very upscale note.

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

You may be one of those people for whom the imposing appearance of the Pro model is not an issue. Useful for you, because you can take advantage of its functions: import GPX files for walking, running or cycling training tracks, step-by-step navigation or even track back Which takes you home the best way if you get lost during a sports outing. This is also possible thanks to the more accurate GPS on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

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

Nothing too special to report on the interface side. We are working with One UI 4.5 on Wear OS 3.5. This version of the system is supposed to, among other things, offer more relevant suggestions in the Play Store. Before moving on to the pricing, I just have to tell you that we will be testing the health-related functions of the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro in our next full test. In the program: body composition, electrocardiogram, sleep monitoring, blood pressure, etc.

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

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

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

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

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

NB. This transaction was done as part of a press trip organized by Samsung in London.

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