The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was the most effective Android smartwatch we might seen in years, and it solely wanted just a few focused upgrades to make a superb watch even higher. Samsung appears to have mounted nearly each flaw of the earlier generations with the Galaxy Watch 5, from making the display screen extra sturdy to enhancing these horrible charging instances. Nonetheless, all these enhancements have additionally upped the value. Whereas the Watch 4 can now commonly be discovered for underneath $200, the Galaxy Watch 5 begins at a nonetheless affordable $280.

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That is a major funding to make, even when you commerce in final yr’s mannequin, however relying in your life-style, it could be effectively value it.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
show 1.19″ Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOLED 396x396px (40mm) or 1.36″ Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOLED 450x450px (44mm) 1.2″ Tremendous AMOLED 396×396 (40mm) or 1.4″ 450×450 (44mm)
CPU Exynos W920 Exynos W920
RAM 1.5GB 1.5GB
Storage 16 GB 16 GB
battery 284mAh (40mm) or 410mAh (44mm) 247mAh (40mm) or 361mAh (44mm)
connectivity NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi (2.4Gz & 5Ghz), LTE (non-obligatory) NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, LTE (non-obligatory)
Sturdiness IP68, Waterproof to 50m (5ATM), MIL-STD-810H IP68, Waterproof as much as 50 meters (5ATM)
software program One UI Watch (Put on OS 3 powered by Samsung) Put on OS 3 Powered by Samsung
Well being sensors Optical Coronary heart Fee, Electrical Coronary heart Sensor (ECG), Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA), Steady SpO, Pores and skin Temperature Sensor Coronary heart price, EKG, bioelectrical impedance, built-in GPS
worth From $280 From $250
strap 20mm 20mm
Dimensions 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm (40mm) or 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm (44mm) 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm (40mm) or 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm (44mm)
weight 29 (40mm) or 32.8g (44mm) 25.9g (40mm), 30.3g (42mm)
Watch Materials Aluminum Aluminum
Cellular funds Samsung Pay, Google Pockets Samsung Pay, Google Pockets
Exercise detection sure sure
train modes 90+ 90
Colour choices Silver, Graphite, Pink Gold (40mm solely), Sapphire (44mm solely) Black, Inexperienced (44mm solely), Silver, Pink Gold (40mm solely)

Let’s begin with the commonalities: the Galaxy Watch 5 makes use of the Exynos W920 simply because the Watch 4 did, and RAM and storage match, too. The Bluetooth has been upgraded to five.2 whereas the Watch 4 had 5.0, however outdoors somewhat enchancment in connectivity, it does not quantity to an excessive amount of.

The well being sensors are additionally largely unchanged, with the Pores and skin Temperature sensor being the one new arrival — and even then, Samsung hasn’t provided many particulars on it to date, so we’ll should see the way it shakes out over the subsequent weeks and months for baseline accuracy and steady monitoring.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Sturdiness and design

Each watches are available in 40mm and 44mm sizes, and their designs are nearly an identical. Samsung claims to have refined the curvature of the Watch 5 to enhance contact together with your wrist, which ought to assist scale back the variety of customers who’ve points with constant readings as a result of their wrist is simply too slender. I skilled that frustration firsthand and am keen to check this declare alone Watch 5.

The frames are nonetheless product of aluminum — solely the Watch 5 Professional upgraded to Titanium — however the sturdiness of the touchscreen was made 1.6 instances stronger due to Sapphire Crystal Glass. Watches are in your wrist continuously and so they get extra beat up than you’d assume, with out a tempered glass display screen protector; my dad’s Watch 4 can be useless as a doornail by now with out tempered glass display screen protectors.

Should you’re somebody who could be very vulnerable to banging your wrist in opposition to surfaces or are inclined to do a variety of strenuous out of doors duties like lawnwork, woodwork, or sports activities, the Watch 5’s Sapphire Crystal Glass might be greater than well worth the improve. Nonetheless, when you’re significantly accident-prone and have already got a Watch 4, simply journey it out till that inevitable shattering comes after which purchase a Watch 5, or a Watch 6 when you make it to subsequent yr.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Battery

We’re solely simply receiving our evaluation items for the Galaxy Watch 5, so for now, it is our yr of expertise with the Watch 4’s battery versus some boastful claims in Samsung’s listings and specs. That stated, if even half of those enhancements are true, it is going to cinch the improve determination for a lot of Watch 4 homeowners to commerce up and eventually get some quicker charging.

Why is quicker charging such an enormous deal? Properly, the Galaxy Watch 4 had the identical piddly UAB-A charger that has been included with each Samsung watch from the Galaxy Watch Lively all the way in which as much as the Watch 4. For the Watch Lively, with its tiny display screen and equally small battery, it recharged quick sufficient, however as battery sizes expanded, charging instances went down.

The Galaxy Watch 5 features a new charger — a USB-C charger at that — and Samsung claims that it’s going to take the watch from 0-45% in half an hour. An eight-minute cost will allegedly get you sufficient battery for eight hours of sleep monitoring, however which may not be as essential if Samsung’s predominant battery declare is true.


Samsung claims the Galaxy Watch 5 will final 50 hours on a single cost. The Galaxy Watch 4 is fortunate if it lasts 24 hours, and most customers want a recharge earlier than mattress in the event that they intend to make use of sleep monitoring.

Once more, these are claims that I am trying ahead to testing, as I as soon as once more need to attain the stage the place my watch nearly by no means runs right down to zero, the place I can merely high it off throughout my morning bathe with out having to attend an additional hour for it to lastly hit full.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Software program

You’d assume that the Galaxy Watch 5 would have some super-important, unique options that the Watch 4 goes to both miss out on or get months later, however that is merely not the case. The one new software program options to date seem like some new watch faces, and you could possibly have these in your Galaxy Watch 4 proper now when you had been fortunate sufficient to get into the Watch One UI 4.5 Beta, which can go away beta and arrive on the Galaxy 4 collection very quickly.

The identical processor, RAM, storage, and working system means these two watches ought to behave nearly identically, so there isn’t any have to improve on this division.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Do you have to improve? Do you have to seize the Watch 4 on sale?

For present Galaxy Watch 4 homeowners, there are solely two causes to improve: a extra sturdy display screen and a greater battery. For many of us, meaning we’ll be simply advantageous with our present watch until Samsung pulls out some ridiculous trade-in values. In any case, you’ve got already had a yr to get used to the charging pace of the Watch 4, and you’ve got possible already obtained a display screen protector on it (or a case when you’re actually tough in your toys) to guard it from the chaos outdoors your door.

If you have not purchased a Galaxy Watch but and need to lastly get in on the most effective Android smartwatch available on the market, completely purchase the Galaxy Watch 5. Sapphire Crystal Glass and improved battery life are utterly value it, even when the Watch 4 is discounted nowadays.

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