Labo – Les montres Galaxy Watch 5 et 5 Pro bien plus épaisses qu’annoncé par Samsung

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On our wrist for a few days, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro connected watch already reveals a big surprise. In a literal sense, since its thickness challenged us a bit. The watch turns out to be much thicker than advertised.

Samsung Galaxy 5 40mm Bluetooth Watch

Launch price €299


Samsung Galaxy 5 40mm Bluetooth Watch

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.99

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.99

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    299.00

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    299.00

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    299.99

How the pricing table works

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Bluetooth

Launch price €469


Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Bluetooth

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    429.00

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    469.00

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    469.00

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    469.99

  • AmazonAmazon

    469.99

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    429.00

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    429.00

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    469.00

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    469.99

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    469.00

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    469.99

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    429.00

How the pricing table works

Revealed just a week ago, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro promise better battery life, thanks in particular to larger batteries. However, if we look at its data sheets, the thickness of the Galaxy Watch 5 of 40 and 44 mm would not have increased compared to the Galaxy Watch 4, which suggests that Samsung has managed to gain some space in its watch cases – by reducing the volume of electronics or thickness of materials, for example, or simply use a battery with better energy density. Despite looking virtually identical to the Galaxy Watch 4, for crying out loud, we checked the thickness of the Galaxy Watch 5 with our caliper, with one surprise in store.

Before presenting our measurements, it should be noted that the thicknesses of connected watches quoted by many manufacturers do not include the sensor islands that protrude from them most of the time. An Apple Watch is thus given by 10.7 mm, while it is 13.1 if measured with a caliper with the thickness of its sensors. However, in the case of Galaxy watches, and in particular the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, the story is quite different.

On the left, the 45mm Galaxy Watch 5 Pro;  on the right, the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5.

On the left, the 45mm Galaxy Watch 5 Pro; on the right, the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5.

In fact, the thickness of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has challenged us and prompted us to do some research. Advertised at 10.5mm, the latter looks much thicker, even if we ignore its sensor island. As comfortable as it is to wear, to say the least (we’ll see when it’s fully tested), the watch felt as chunky as past multisport watches. outdoor that we tested (Garmin Epix Gen 2, Polar Grit X Pro, Amazfit T-Rex 2).

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Galaxy Watch 5 on the left, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro on the right.

Galaxy Watch 5 on the left, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro on the right.

For its part, the Galaxy Watch 5 that is not “Pro” seems less thick, but not particularly thin, despite the fact that a data sheet announces less than 10 mm thick. So how can Samsung show respective thicknesses of 9.8mm and 10.5mm for its Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro? Here is the answer in pictures.

A matter of design and method

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 connected watch measured with a caliper.

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 connected watch measured with a caliper.

As you can see in the photo above, the measurement announced by Samsung corresponds to the distance between the glass surface and the beginning of the rounding of the lower part of the case.

The curved back of the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.

The curved back of the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.

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Although this is not really shocking, as much of this curvature sinks into the skin once the watch is tightened on the wrist, we still find it somewhat presumptuous to announce a thickness of 9.8mm despite the fact that the total thickness of the Galaxy Watch 5 is, in fact, close to that of an Apple Watch (whose official thickness is announced at 10.7 mm for the Series 4).

The 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 vs. the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4.

The 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 vs. the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4.

Samsung can justify this way of measuring the thickness of its watch by the virtual absence of demarcation between its sensor island and the case back, especially since the infrared body temperature sensor is placed next to the larger island. The design of the watch is in question here.

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From left to right: Apple Watch Series 4, advertised as 10.7mm thick (excluding sensor island);  the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, announced with 9.8 mm;  the Garmin Venu 2S, advertised in 12.1mm.

From left to right: Apple Watch Series 4, advertised as 10.7mm thick (excluding sensor island); the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, announced with 9.8 mm; the Garmin Venu 2S, advertised in 12.1mm.

A much larger difference in thickness for the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

We won’t make a big fuss about the 40 and 44mm Galaxy Watch 5, especially since we weren’t blown away during the Galaxy Watch 4 test. On the other hand, we can be legitimately surprised by the thickness of the Galaxy. Watch 5 Pro, announced with only 10.5 mm despite the integration of a large 590 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (45mm).

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (45mm).

In reality, the watch measures no less than 13.8 mm if we take into account the thickness of the case back, which rounds off until it reaches the sensor island. Therefore, more than 3 mm is deliberately subtracted from the thickness measurement.

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro connected watch measured with a caliper.

The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro connected watch measured with a caliper.

If we add the island of sensors, we even reach around 15.2 mm, almost the same thickness as a Garmin Epix Gen 2 -advertised at 14.5 mm and measured by us at 15.7 mm taking into account its island of sensors-.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (left) versus Garmin's Epix Gen 2 (right).

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (left) versus Garmin’s Epix Gen 2 (right).

comfort above all

Although the method of calculating the thickness of a watch is standardized, we can see that a simple design issue can benefit a watch in its data sheet. A rounded case back that incorporates a sensor island with little demarcation can be a game changer, as is the case with the Galaxy Watch 5.

We find this unfortunate, because consumers cannot trust the values ​​advertised by manufacturers. Therefore, we will be even more vigilant in the future as regards the official technical characteristics. Furthermore, if the thinness of a watch is important, its shape and mass are at least as important in assessing its comfort. On this aspect, we can already say that the Galaxy Watch 5 watches are fortunately very pleasant to wear, although they are not as thin as expected.

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