Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Leaks Hint at a Minor Refresh

A photo of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic might be the last of its kind when the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro comes out.
Photo: Song of Victoria / Gizmodo

It’s fun to speculate on new gadgets, especially if they mean a distraction from the daily mess that is society. This summer, we expect Samsung to launch the next generation of its foldables. But we also hope to see the revival of the only Android smartwatch worth wearing, the Galaxy Watch 4. According 91Mobiles, which has been quite ad hoc with leaks and rumors in the past, Samsung plans to refresh its line of smartwatches soon with two new models. In addition to a regular Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung could introduce a Pro model of its smartwatch for those who want something that looks like a traditional watch.

While there’s no specific rendering of what we’ll see with the Pro line, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will likely look like a more premium version of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. It’s currently codenamed Project X and will supposedly come in black or gray titanium. The leak says it will have the LTE option for those who want to access calls from their wrists.

A photo of the rendered Galaxy Watch 5

The standard Galaxy Watch 5 will likely introduce new colorways not yet available in the Samsung watch family.
Image: 91mobiles

Regular Galaxy Watch 5 renders look like the Watch 4 I’m wearing now as I type this. It looks like it will come in new colors, including the lighter blue hue above. It’s codenamed Heart – perhaps to refer to some of its new tracking abilities? – and it’s also apparently available in an LTE version. There will likely be two sizes, just like the last-gen version. The renders show a 44mm watch face, but we can assume that a smaller variant will also be available. The Watch 4 I’m currently wearing is 40mm, which is the perfect size for my small wrists. (I wouldn’t mind something smaller!)

The leak says both smartwatches will run Wear OS 3.5, the next version of Google’s wearable operating system. They’ll also likely have Samsung’s One UI Watch 4.5 running, so you’ll still need to have a Samsung account if you want to save data and access Samsung-specific apps that come preloaded. This includes Samsung Health, which will hopefully work better with Google Fit now that there’s a APIs to help the two apps work together.

Again, this is just speculation on what’s to come. But given Samsung’s timeline over the past few years, it’s safe to assume that Samsung has a big hardware show planned for next month. The company could also present the next generation of Galaxy Buds Pro, which needs to be refreshed.