The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 may ditch the rotating bezel and the Classic name

We’re starting to get a clearer picture of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 ahead of an expected launch in the next few months, and a new report predicts we won’t see a classic version of the watch – and the rotating bezel could become discontinued too.

This comes from the generally reliable SamMobile, which says we’ll get a Galaxy Watch 5 and a Galaxy Watch Pro. Last year, the smartwatches that were launched were the Galaxy Watch 4 and the larger and more expensive Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

At the moment it’s unclear if the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will be a direct successor to the Galaxy Watch 5 Classic: Samsung may change the name and nothing else, but we’ll have to wait and see. subject one.

Control glasses

One of the best features of previous Galaxy Watches, including the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, has been the rotating bezel on the side of the display. This means devices can be controlled up to a certain point without touching the screen – it performs a similar function to the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown.

However, according to SamMobile’s sources, it’s “still unclear” if the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will include the rotating bezel (we’re guessing the standard Galaxy Watch 5 won’t, as the standard Galaxy Watch 4 doesn’t). doesn’t have it either).

The new report also states that the Galaxy Watch 5 devices are going to launch alongside a new version of One UI Watch running on Wear OS 3, so there could also be some software improvements to look forward to. If Samsung follows last year’s schedule, we could see wearables in August.

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Analysis: the year of Wear OS

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are currently two of the best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy. If you don’t want an Apple Watch, you’re pretty limited in terms of high-end wearables you can strap to your wrist.

We hope Samsung continues this trend with the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (if that’s what they’re called). We’ve already heard that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will come packing a significant battery upgrade.

We hope, however, that the rotating bezel will make it at least a model in the 2022 range: it’s a popular feature that certainly adds to the appeal of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and gives it something different that its main rivals don’t have. not. .

We also hope that the arrival of the Google Pixel Watch this year will give Wear OS smartwatches another boost in the arm. Add in newer models like Fossil, too, and the Apple Watch might finally have some serious competition.

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