We’ll believe it when we see it
Ask any smartwatch owner what the worst thing about the current generation of wearables is, and you’ll likely hear the same answer regardless of the device: battery life. While gadgets like the Galaxy Watch4 and other premium Android smartwatches get faster every year, none seem to last more than 24 hours on a charge. Samsung has some watches slated for an official reveal at Galaxy Unpacked on August 10, where it could be the first company to introduce multi-day battery life for a full-fledged wearable.
This latest rumor suits us Ice Universe on Twitter, which gave us the most enticing teaser for the Galaxy Watch5 Pro yet. Assuming this leak is correct, Samsung’s upcoming top-of-the-line smartwatch could offer “at least” three days of battery and blow the competition out of the water in the process. While other wearables — notably fitness trackers and hybrid devices — can achieve a week’s worth of battery life with regular use, standard Wear OS smartwatches from Samsung, Fossil, and other brands, with one small exception, rarely make it through a day in real-world conditions for some Mobvoi -Models worked out. Even Apple, after nearly a decade of working to create a smartwatch lineup, hasn’t been able to offer true multi-day battery life.
Given the rumor mill surrounding the Galaxy Watch5 Pro, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. While rumors are all pointing to Samsung’s high-end smartwatch losing its rotating bezel – easily our favorite feature of the Watch4 Classic – the earliest reports of this device have all centered on a massive battery. Combined with an improved processor, it’s not too hard to imagine that true multi-day battery life is within reach on wearables without having to rely on power saving modes or E Ink displays.
Now it’s important to take any multi-day battery claims with a pinch of salt. After all, Samsung advertised the Galaxy Watch4 last year with a battery life of 48 hours, which didn’t stand up to our tests. Considering the claim here – “at least three days” – the Watch5 Pro could be the first time an overnight charge has been skipped, which wouldn’t mean finding time to turn on the next day. That’s a monumental step for wearables and could be enough for any Galaxy Watch fan, even those who bought the Watch4 last year to consider an upgrade.
Galaxy Unpacked is scheduled for August 10th at 9am ET. In addition to the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro, we’re expecting the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Flip4, along with a new set of Pro-branded earbuds. Samsung has already opened reservations for its latest gadgets, with savings of up to $200 if you’re planning to buy a new phone, smartwatch, and earbuds in a combo bundle.