Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

Official patents detail a roll-out, extendable display

Samsung patent drawings of a rollable smartwatch
Samsung patent drawings of a rollable smartwatch.

We expect a new smartwatch from Samsung in 2022. Below is everything we know so far about the Galaxy Watch 5, like when it will launch, how much it'll cost, and its features and improvements over last year's version.

When Will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Be Released?

Samsung is like most tech companies with annual product line updates: they're typically consistent up to the month each year. Historically, the Galaxy Watch releases in the fall.

Forbes backs this estimation, reporting in late 2021 that Samsung "apparently plans to release the new watch in "Q3-Q4" of next year."

Release Date Estimate

We're probably looking at August 2022. The 2021 Galaxy Watch 4 launched in August, as did the 2020 and 2018 versions, so we expect the same timeline this time around.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Price Rumors

We can't confirm the Galaxy Watch 5 price until we see a trusted leak or Samsung makes the official announcement. What we can do in the meantime is assume parallels with last year's models.

There are two versions of the Galaxy Watch 4, both available in two sizes. It launched at $249.99 for the smallest wearable, with other options priced up to $200 more for the largest Classic edition with LTE.

We expect a similar pricing structure this year. So, different sizes and extra charges if you want mobile connectivity.

One difference with this lineup might be that Samsung could do without the Classic model, and instead go with a Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. According to that source, the Pro might arrive in one size, and the regular variant will come in two sizes.

Pre-Order Information

There was a little over two weeks difference between when last year's models were announced and when they became available on Samsung's website. This timeline will probably be the case this year, too.

We'll update this section with pre-order links when they become available.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Features

We're still several months out before we'll see anything trustworthy about this watch, so the lack of rumors isn't surprising.

One idea is that this will be the first Galaxy Watch with a rollable display. You read that right: it might have a screen you can roll out to make it larger!

How do we know this? Well, beyond seeming like a natural addition to Samsung's other extendable-display devices, there are patents to back it up, which even describe a camera in the center. It might not be ready for this year's watch, and we won't know for sure until we uncover some reliable leaks. For now, this news (details below) is the closest to "official" that we have for this watch, so stay tuned for updates.

We expect to see other things typical for any next-gen wearable, like better battery life (some reports are saying a 60% boost over the Galaxy Watch 4), Google Assistant integration, improved physical design, and new straps. It would also be nice to see wider compatibility—opening the phone up for full use with non-Samsung devices would undoubtedly be appreciated by iPhone and other Android users.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Specs and Hardware

If the rollable display rumor turns out true, the screen for this watch will be extendable up to 40 percent. But we don't know its size in the compact/normal position.

LetsGoDigital's analysis of the patent shows you'll be able to manage the roll effect by pressing the crown on the side of the watch or by swiping on the screen. Also apparent from the patent illustrations is a camera that will presumably let you take photos and videos directly from the watch, and possibly allow for face unlock for increased security.

Samsung filed that patent in late 2021, so it may be for a future device, like the Galaxy Watch 6 or even something the company is just beginning to dream up. This same is true for this patent LetsGoDigital details of another rollable design, supporting rotation, and a larger overall display. Essentially, it looks like a phone for your wrist.

When fully extended, the screen is twice as large as in the most compact position. Where 12 icons can be displayed as standard, this is 24 in the expanded position - this can be deduced from the patent illustrations.
Samsung watch patent with rollable display

See this PDF of the patent for all the images. LetsGoDigital soberly admits this particular patent details a watch that is unlikely to be released in 2022, let alone anytime in the next few years.

The only semi-real news we have so far is from those two patents. But remember, it's common for companies to have patents for products that never see the light of day or won't come out for years after the approval date.

According to Samsung news site SamMobile, the new watches are also likely to have a MIL-STD-810G aluminum case and IP68 water and dust resistance certification. Ice Universe leaves us a tip that it'll use sapphire glass and titanium.

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