So the Galaxy Watch 4 is the best smartwatch for anyone who owns a Samsung phone thanks to its amazing display, design, faster chips, and of course a host of unique health features. It marks the return of Samsung to wearOS after using their own Tizen OS for years. And I absolutely loved this move because it allowed the Galaxy watch to access those millions of Android apps, and ecosystem that Tizen lacked.
I’ve been using the Watch 4 for a while now and the experience I’ve had so far is very positive. But that doesn’t mean it has no drawbacks. In fact, there’s a big one and it’s the battery. It has a relatively short battery life, which typically lasts for between 24 to 26 hours which is way less than the Watch 3 which lasts 2 to 3 days. Now, the Galaxy watch 5 and watch 5 Active scheduled to launch in August along with the Z Fold 4 will have bigger batteries.
According to the certification sites, both of the Watch 5 variants will get around a 10% increase in battery capacities which is good as it will surely help increase the battery life. But for many, it’s still not going to be enough and for those Samsung has a big surprise in the form of a Galaxy Watch 5 Ultra. Samsung recently introduced the Ultra variant to the Tablet lineup, their phones already have one and it only makes sense that their smartwatch lineup has an Ultra variant too.
Sammobile discovered through a Korean certification that this Ultra variant of the Galaxy Watch 5 has a mammoth 572mAh of battery which is a lot in a device that has a small round form factor. To give you some context, the largest variant of the Watch 4 has a 361mAh of battery. So this means the Watch 5 Ultra will have a nearly 60% bigger battery than the Watch 4 which is insane. Sammobile is calling this the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro which I’m sure is not going to happen.
Considering Samsung’s naming scheme, it will be called the Watch 5 Ultra instead. Now, since the battery is getting bigger, the overall form factor is also expected to get bigger which means we may see an increase in screen size. Since Apple reduced the bezels on their latest Watch, expect Samsung to do the same.
Unfortunately, the report didn’t mention any other details but we know from earlier reports that the Galaxy watch 5 lineups will get a thermometer sensor to measure your body temperature for even more complete health and fitness tracking.