The recently launched Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series offers the best smartwatches in the market to date. It features two models – Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, both are almost the same, except for durability enhancements in the latter model.
In case you already have a Samsung smartwatch, you may have aware of the premium and flagship grade functionalities. As the company has officially introduced the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro for consumers, is it worth upgrading? Let’s discuss:
Galaxy Watch 5 vs Watch 5 Pro
The Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro come with a whole new sapphire crystal display, Samsung’s improved BioActive Sensor, and an Exynos W920 chipset with 1.5 GB RAM. The Watch 5 offers 284 mAh and 410 mAh battery in the 40mm and 44mm variants, respectively.
The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro features a big 590 mAh battery, which can last around 80 hours. Compared to the Standard variant, the Pro model is slightly thicker due to its titanium casing. However, the Galaxy Watch 5 features an “Armor Aluminum” casing that protects the smartwatches greatly, but not as good as titanium.
Launched back in 2021, the Galaxy Watch 4 was the first Samsung smartwatch lineup to introduce Google’s Wear OS operating system, ditching the Tizen OS. Since the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 are just one year old, Samsung is offering better trade-in deals while upgrading to the Watch 5 or 5 Pro.
At the moment, the Galaxy Watch 5 is the latest smartwatch offered by Samsung, but it brings the same operating system as the Galaxy Watch 4, which is a year old now. The Watch 4 also debuted the first generation BioActive sensor, which consists of three chips in a small package.
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 features a 247 mAh battery in the 40mm casing, while the 44mm size carried a 361 mAh pack, meanwhile, the same battery capacity is also offered in the small and large variants of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, respectively, with up to 40 hours backup.
Similar to the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic packs lots of the same specifications such as the Exynos W920 chipset, 1.5 GB RAM, and 16GB of storage in addition to the battery capacity.
Galaxy Watch 4
In case you owned the Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, it’s a difficult decision to upgrade to the Galaxy Watch 5 or not. Meanwhile, the Korean tech giant has attractive benefits including big trade-in deals so you can get the Watch 5 by paying a minimal amount of around $200.
As mentioned, the Galaxy Watch 4 is not an older generation smartwatch, some basic features like sleep tracking work impressively. However, the Galaxy Watch 5 introduces promising battery life, which is at least 10 hours extra than the Galaxy Watch 4, on paper.
In addition, the Galaxy Watch 5 brings the new sapphire crystal display, which is much more scratch resistant than the Gorilla Glass found on the Galaxy Watch 4. We can take it as a big upgrade of the Galaxy Watch 5 over its predecessor when it comes to durability.
On the other hand, the Watch 5 Pro embeds the 2nd generation BioActive sensor which will provide you with better health stats and data for monitoring. Still, it remains a difficult decision whether you should upgrade to the Galaxy Watch 5 or not. Let us know through social media.
Galaxy Watch 3
Galaxy Watch 3 is now two years old and runs Samsung’s own made Tizen OS. While the company has already denied bringing the Wear OS-based One UI Watch upgrade to the Galaxy Watch 3, upgrading to the Watch 5 or 5 Pro would be a great decision.
Wear OS-powered smartwatch offers better support with Google and non-Google apps. The Watch 4 and Watch 5 series devices introduce even more possibilities we found in the Watch 3 or older watches by Samsung. Talking about trade-in benefits, you can grab up to $190 credit while upgrading to the Watch 5.
Galaxy Watch 5 & 5 Pro Price
The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro comes with a starting price tag of $279, which is available in Bluetooth and Bluetooth + LTE configurations. Color options include Graphite, Pink Gold, and Silver for the 40mm and Graphite, Sapphire, and Silver for the 44mm model.
The price of the Galaxy Watch 5 pro starts at $449.99 for the Bluetooth version and $499.99 for the LTE version. The Golf Edition is also available on Samsung.com, price starting at $329.99. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro offers three color options – Black Titanium, and Gray Titanium.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro getting November 2022 update in the US
Samsung has started releasing November 2022 update for Galaxy Buds 2 Pro users in the US. You can identify the latest update through the One UI build version R510XXU0AVK3 and an update package size of 5.85 MB.
According to the changelog, the update doesn’t bring any new features or major changes but it improves system reliability and stability. We recommend users install this update to get a better experience than the previous one.
Currently, the November 2022 update is rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in the US and the company will soon expand it in more regions. It is an initial rollout so it may take some time to reach all eligible devices.
Furthermore, you can check the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 update status by opening the Galaxy Wearable app on your connected smartphone searching for the Earbuds software update, and clicking on Download and install.
Launched in August 2022, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro features a 24-bit hi-fi sound quality, enhanced 360 immersive audio, intelligent Audio Noise Cancelation, improved Head Tracking Response, Auto Switch feature, and more. After its launch, Samsung started enhancing the features and performance of these earbuds through new updates.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 gets FIFA World Cup Ball watch faces in India
Samsung recently released November 2022 update for Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 users in Korea. Now, the company is expanding November 2022 update for Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 users in India, which brings a new ball watch face.
According to the changelog, the new update of Galaxy Watch 5 added a new Ball face under the Graphical Category of the Galaxy Wearable app. The new watch face is added to Galaxy Watch 5 in celebration of the FIFA World Cup, users can cheer on their favorite team by using the flag as the background of the Watch face.
— Samsung Software Updates (@SamsungSWUpdate) November 26, 2022
In addition, the update installs the latest Android patch to improve system security and stability to enhance the overall performance. You can identify the new watch face addition update for Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro in India with the One UI build version ending with AVK7.
You will have to download a half GB package to install the latest update, you can use a Wi-Fi connection to install the update as the package size is large.
How to update?
Before following the steps mentioned below, make sure the watch has a good charge on it. You may not be able to update without at least a 30% charge.
- On the connected phone, navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app.
- Tap Watch settings >> Watch software update.
- If your watch displays a Home tab, swipe to and tap Watch software update or Band software update.
- Tap Download and install.
Samsung fixes Galaxy Watch 4’s not turning on issue with new VK4 firmware update
Samsung yesterday announced that it has stopped the rollout of that Galaxy Watch 4 firmware update, which reportedly makes it unusable. At the same time, the company promised that a new build will be released soon. Now, Samsung is reportedly starting a new Galaxy Watch 4 update rollout with version VK4.
According to the information, Samsung is rolling out a new firmware update with version number ending VK4 for the Galaxy Watch 4 Bluetooth variants. The company is releasing the new software to a limited number of users in order to assure the stability and reliability of this new build.
As mentioned in the screenshot, the Galaxy Watch 4’s VK4 firmware update improves the power-off functionality, which was disturbed following the halted build – V13. Since the rollout is happening gradually, users who received it can download and install it on their smartwatch through the Galaxy Wearable app.
In case you’ve installed the earlier firmware update on your Galaxy Watch 4 and it got turned off due to battery discharge, sadly, you need to visit a nearby Samsung Service center to get the watch fixed. Well, we recommend users don’t let their Galaxy Watch 4 discharge even after installation of the new update.