The vanilla Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 comes in two sizes – 40mm and 44mm that share the same specs sheet. The new devices introduce improved battery life that can last up to 50 hours on a single charge, enhanced health functions, and many new futuristic features with One UI Watch 4.5.
That’s not it, the company has also introduced a Galaxy Watch 5 Golf Edition and a Galaxy Watch 5 Bespoke Edition in select markets. Let’s have a look at the complete specifications, availability, and price of the new device.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 specifications:
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 comes in two variants such as 40mm and 44mm. Both of these models look identical and use sapphire glass on the cover.
The smaller 40mm model has a 1.19-inch AMOLED display with 396 x 396 pixels resolution. Whereas, the larger 44mm version comes in a 1.36-inch AMOLED display and a higher resolution of 450 x 450 pixels.
The device sports the company’s Exynos W920 dual-core processor that is paired with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Samsung touts battery life of up to 50 hours for the two Galaxy Watch 5 variants, with batteries sized at 284mAh for the smaller and 410mAh for the larger variant.
Similar to the Pro model, the base model also comes with Wear OS 3.5-based One UI Watch 4.5 to offer some of the most advanced technologies to the users.
The new wearable comes with IP68 water and dust resistance, NFC connectivity, and GPS. It features a BioActive sensor, ECG and heart-rate sensors, a blood pressure sensor, as well as a BIA sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 availability and price:
The new Galaxy Watch 5 is available in Graphite and Silver color options. Whereas the Gold Pink is limited to 40mm variant and Sapphite is limited to 44mm.
The company is offering 1,032 unique combinations in the Galaxy Watch 5 Bespoke Studio to let you design your own watch by selecting the model, size, case color, and strap.
The product is now available for pre-order and will be available to purchase on August 26.
The Galaxy Watch 5 price start at $279.99 for the Bluetooth version and $329.99 for the LTE version.
Phones will be banned in schools across New Zealand
New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced that he would promote the ban on phones in primary and secondary schools across the country. This initiative aims to improve the quality of education for primary and secondary school students in New Zealand.
According to New Zealand education sources, the literacy skills of New Zealand primary and secondary school students have been declining in the past few years, and have even reached a “crisis” level. Over 1/3rd of the country’s 15-year-old students have poor literacy levels, which has aroused concern from all walks of life.
In order to solve this problem, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Lacson decided to take action. Within 100 days after taking office, he push for the ban on mobile phones in primary and secondary schools across the country to reduce students’ distractions so they could concentrate on class.
Nintendo may use Samsung OLED display on its new console
Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display for supply of the next-generation OLED panels, following Valve’s SteamDeck. Both companies initially considered China’s BOE as a supplier but changed way to Samsung due to the burden of the risk arising from the patent infringement lawsuit.
According to the report, Japan’s Nintendo is known to have requested the supply of OLED panels from Samsung Display, following Valve. These companies negotiated with China’s BOE to lower device prices, but it is said that they chose Samsung Display panels.
In June 2022, Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against China’s BOE in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The technology that Samsung Display claims to be infringing on is five OLED display patents for all products released after the iPhone 12.
Last December, Samsung Display filed a complaint with the ITC against 17 US parts wholesalers to keep BOE in check, asking the ITC to stop using parts and panels that infringe on the company’s ‘Diamond Pixel’.
Accordingly, BOE filed a countersuit in Chongqing’s First Intermediate People’s Court in May against Samsung Display China and Samsung Elec China, claiming patent infringement.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be made by TSMC, for Galaxy by Samsung
Similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, TSMC is exclusively producing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. While the new processor has just started to debut with smartphones, a new leak suggests that TSMC will continue to produce Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, while Samsung orders shelved until 2025.
According to tipster Revegnus, Qualcomm will rely solely on TSMC for producing the 3nm-based Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor in 2024. The company has reportedly decided to bet on Taiwanese chip manufacturer again as it’s aiming to use custom Oryon CPU cores.
It’s worth noting that a dual chip sourcing strategy is still on the cards for 2025 when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 5 comes out, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy will be produced at Samsung’s foundry 3GAP, reports Taiwan’s TechNews.
In a multi-core scenario, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is said to surpass 10,000 points on Geekbench 6, while the Adreno 830 GPU offers the same level of power draw as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 while offering excellent performance gains. The whole SoC is rumored to consume just 8W.