Samsung to launch Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro as Galaxy Watch4 series successors with no Galaxy Watch5 Classic ↺
Earlier this month, SamMobile alleged that Samsung could release Galaxy Watch variants this year, with the Galaxy Watch5 Pro joining the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Classic. Reportedly, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro would launch with a larger battery than other Galaxy Watch5 models, although its rumoured 572 mAh capacity would be eclipsed by the TicWatch Pro 3.
SamMobile has since changed its tune and now alleges that the Galaxy Watch5 series will not feature a Classic variant. Instead, the website expects Samsung only to sell the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro. Additionally, SamMobile asserts that the Galaxy Watch5 Pro 'could be limited to just one size', unlike the Galaxy Watch4 Classic. In comparison, the Galaxy Watch5 'might come in two sizes', presumably 40 mm and 44 mm sizes.
SamMobile has not ruled out one of these variants featuring the Classic's mechanical bezel, though. Hence, Samsung may release the Galaxy Watch5 Classic in all but name, mirroring its decision to make the Galaxy S22 Ultra more of a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra successor than a follow on from the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Separately, the Galaxy Watch5 series will launch with Wear OS 3, an operating system that remains in beta outside of the Galaxy Watch4 series. Unsurprisingly, Samsung is tipped to launch the Galaxy Watch5 series with a new version of One UI Watch, potentially One UI Watch 2. The Galaxy Watch5 series is expected to launch in the autumn, possibly alongside the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4.