Samsung announced the new Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro next to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4and the next Galaxy Buds Pro 2 during their Galaxy Unpacked event this week. Both smartwatches are set to launch on August 26, but are available for pre-order today for $279.99 and $449.99, respectively.
Like its predecessor, both versions of the Galaxy Watch 5 are built on Google and Samsung’s Wear OS 3 platform, as well as the Exynos W920 processor, announced last year. However, Samsung says the new Galaxy Watch 5 lineup offers longer battery life, faster charging, and a sapphire crystal display that should be more durable and scratch-resistant than the glass found in previous models.
The new smartwatch also comes with a number of new capabilities, such as the ability to measure skin temperature and analyze body composition data. There are also new advanced sleep features, such as the ability to automatically set lights, TVs, and even air conditioning to more sleep-friendly settings thanks to the wearable’s SmartThings integration. Plus, the wearable can automatically recognize and track more than 90 popular outdoor activities, such as running, rowing, swimming, and more. It is also possible to enable voice navigation on Google Maps, quickly transfer data from Galaxy devices to the smartwatch, and work out and compete with friends and family, even if they are not physically present.
Meanwhile, the larger Galaxy Watch 5 Pro also comes with all the above capabilities, but also offers a larger battery, as well as a titanium case and display that should be more durable. However, unlike the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, it does not come with a rotating physical bezel, but it does come with new capabilities such as route tracking functions that provide directions and can help guide you back to your starting point while, say, hiking or mountain biking .
Of course, we haven’t tested the smartwatch or its new capabilities yet, so we’ll still have to measure how well they actually perform in real life. However, we intend to do this in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for our review.
How to pre-order the Galaxy Watch 5
The Watch 5 comes in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. While models are available in black and silver, only the 40mm watch comes in a rose-gold shade and only the 44mm version offers a sapphire blue color. However, Samsung says you can also use the Galaxy Watch 5 Bespoke Studio to customize case colors and straps if you want. Pricing starts at $279.99 (or $329.99 with LTE) for the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5. The larger 44mm variant, meanwhile, sells for $309.99 with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, while the LTE version costs $50 extra.
Samsung also sells the Galaxy Watch 5 Golf Edition, which shares all the Galaxy Watch 5 features but gives golfers direction and recommendations. This wearable comes with exclusive watches, an unlimited Smart Caddy app membership, and a two-tone band. You can buy it starting at $329.99.
A number of retailers and carriers are offering various pre-order deals. For example, Samsung will throw in a Wireless Charger Duo if you pre-order the Galaxy Watch 5 from them and also a $50 Samsung credit to use toward Galaxy accessories. If you trade in certain eligible smartwatches, you can also get a $75 discount.
Meanwhile, Best Buy is throwing in a $40 gift card if you pre-order the Galaxy Watch 5 in both the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (40 mm / 44 mm) and LTE-equipped variants (40 mm / 44 mm). Best Buy is also throwing in a $60 gift if you pre-order the LTE-equipped Galaxy Watch 5 Pro from them. While Amazon isn’t offering gift cards, the e-commerce giant will throw in a free Wireless Charger Duo if you pre-order the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro of them.
If you prefer to buy the smartwatch through a carrier, AT&T’s BOGO deal will get you up to $430 in credit that you can use to get a second smartwatch for free. However, you must add a new line to your wireless service and make three months of service payments to get the credit.
Both Verizon and AT&T also offer monthly plans and various trade-in deals. Verizon’s starts at $9.16 per month for 36 months if you buy the Galaxy Watch 5 through the Verizon device payment program, and you can get up to $180 discount by trading in eligible smartwatches. AT&T’s starts around $9.17 per month if you buy AT&T’s installment plan.
How to pre-order the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
If you prefer to buy the Watch 5 Pro, you can buy it for $449.99 with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, while the LTE version is $499.99. The Watch 5 Pro is only available in black and gray, and you can only buy it in the 45mm size. You can also use the Galaxy Watch 5 Bespoke Studio to customize case colors and straps. If you are into golf, you can also buy the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Golf Edition.
Like the Galaxy Watch 5, you get a free Wireless Charger Duo when you pre-order the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro from Samsung like $50 of Samsung credit to use toward Galaxy accessories. If you a.
You can also get up to $430 in credit through AT&T’s BOGO deal, which you can use to get a second smartwatch for free. Again, you’ll need to add a new line to your wireless service and make three months of service payments, though.
Both Verizon and AT&T also offer monthly plans. Verizon’s starts at $13.88 per month for 36 months if you buy the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro through the Verizon device payment program and offers up to $180 in trade-in credit. AT&T’s start at $13.89 per month if you buy their installation plan.
Correction August 10, 9:01 PM ET: An earlier version of this article listed the incorrect price for the 44mm versions of the Galaxy Watch 5. The base and LTE models sell for $309.99 and $359.99, respectively, not $329.99 and $409.99. We regret the error.
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