Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 10, 2022 revealed why the Samsung Galaxy Watch has a Pro suffix. Along with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and 5 . Watch 5 is an iterative upgrade over its predecessor, while Watch 5 Pro represents a move against Garmin. The new Galaxy Watch 4 has a sportier design and feel than the classic model.
Now that the top-of-the-line hardware doesn’t have a rotating bezel, you may ask how it compares to last year’s model. The $449 Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is compared to the $349 Galaxy Watch 4 Classic to determine which to buy.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic have numerous similarities. Despite the similar size, their designs aren’t on the list.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic features 42mm and 46mm cases, whereas 5 Pro has 45mm.
The updated model has a capacitive bezel, not a revolving one. The decision makes sense given its fitness-focused marketing. The wearable’s display is inlaid, making it more resistant to pebbles and other risks. If they do, Sapphire Crystal will prevent major scratches.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a somewhat inlaid look because to its actual bezel, but it uses Corning Gorilla Glass DX, which may not last as long as Sapphire. The casing material also differs. Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is made of Stainless Steel, while Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro uses Titanium.
The two wearables are similar besides these cosmetic variances. They have 1.36-inch displays (the 42mm Classic has a 1.19-inch screen) and are IP68- and MIL-STD-810-rated (Watch 5 series has an improved 810H rating versus the 810G on Watch 4 series). The newest iteration supports 20mm bands and puck-based wireless charging.
Software and Health
Their health and wellness hardware is similar. Galaxy Watch 5 Pro’s infrared body temperature sensor and bigger BioActive sensor are advantages. Samsung says the Watch 5 Pro’s curvier back panel and larger 3-in-1 sensor improve Blood-Oxygen monitoring, Body Composition analysis, and more.
Suppose wellbeing isn’t high on your wishlist. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will be OK without the updated temperature sensor. Samsung may launch the wearable alongside its current models.
When the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro launches on August 26, its OneUI Watch 4.5 based on Wear OS 3.5 software should be comparable to the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The Pro adds GPX file support and Trackback, which can trace your path steps.
As I noted in my Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 comparison, the Exynos W920 in Galaxy Watch 4 Classic also drives Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. Moving between apps, notifications, and data tiles should stay unchanged. The Classic’s bezel-based movements may feel more fluid and pleasurable.
Watch 5 Pro’s performance and screen swapping remain the same, but its battery life has been much improved. Samsung’s latest wearable can last 80 hours on a single charge. Wireless charging is also faster. Galaxy Watch 4 Classic boasted a 40-hour battery life but slowed charging.
So, which wearable is better? Galaxy Watch 5 Pro boasts new features that rival $800 Garmin watches. Whether it will compete is unknown. Its larger battery and ruggedness make it a fantastic fitness wearable. It costs $449, about half of its planned competition costs.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is for a different consumer, though. It’s for urbanites who don’t spend much time outdoors.
If you don’t mind your fitness data not coming from the latest hardware and the slower charging, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is a wonderful investment in 2022. If you want more from your wearable, especially if you enjoy hiking, the Watch 5 Pro has longer battery life and greater software-based convenience.