The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 may surpass the Apple Watch 8 according to a significant leak

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series are all expected to be unveiled during an event on August 10th, and those watches are building up to be genuine stars of the show.

A large new leak has just appeared on WinFuture (opens in a new tab), with virtually an entire specifications list, along with apparently official marketing images. At this point, there isn’t much we don’t know about wearables, assuming the other leaks we’ve seen are true.

It seems that Samsung’s 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 will have a 284mAh battery, while the 44mm Galaxy Watch 5 will have a 410mAh battery, and the 45mm Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will have a massive 590mAh battery, according to this leaked information.

According to earlier rumours, these battery capacity would be greater than that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 range. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is expected to have an even longer battery life than the three days we originally heard it might handle, with an estimated 50 hours of battery life for ordinary versions and up to 80 hours for the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

The 40mm variant is said to have a 1.19-inch 396 x 396 AMOLED display, while the other two are said to have a 1.36-inch 450 x 450 AMOLED screen covered in sapphire glass.

In addition, they all seem to charge wirelessly at 10W, and they feature the Exynos W920 chipset that was previously seen in the Galaxy Watch 4. GPS, NFC, and – in the case of cellular devices – an eSIM are all expected to be included along with the up to 16GB of storage.

Both the 40mm and 44mm editions of the Galaxy Watch 5 seem to be 9.8mm thick and weigh 28.7 and 33.5 grammes, respectively. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is rumoured to be a mere 10.5mm thick and weigh a whopping 46.5 grammes. The larger battery is most likely the blame for the added bulk.

WinFuture’s site has additional leaked photographs of the wearables, but they don’t reveal anything that we haven’t already seen. The most disappointing thing about these devices is that none of them feature a rotating bezel. Although the Watch 5 Pro seems to be the same as the normal models, it appears to be made of titanium.

The blog speculates that the new sensor on the back of these wearables may be used to measure the body’s temperature.

As far as pricing goes, the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is said to cost €299, the 44mm model is rumoured to cost €329, and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro costs €469. That’s for the Bluetooth-only variants, with cellular ones reportedly costing €40-€50 extra..

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 starts at €269 for a 40mm model and goes up to €299 for a 44mm model, with the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic costing between €369 and €399 depending on the size.

So it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series will be more costly than the previous models. If these euro pricing are correct, you should expect to spend more than the 249.99 / £249 / AU399 that the Watch 4 began at for a Watch 5, and more than the 349 / £349 / AU549 that the Watch 4 Classic started at for the Watch 5 Pro.

Although the Galaxy Watch 5’s costs are high, the Apple Watch 8 can be beaten

This year’s Apple Watch may face a harder challenge from Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series than ever before.

Apple Watch 8 is expected to be at least as costly as the Watch 5, even if the previously stated price increases for Samsung’s watches are taken into consideration. While neither the Watch 5 nor the Apple Watch 8 are officially announced, reports indicate that they will be.

In terms of battery life, Samsung’s wearables may be able to outperform the Apple Watch 8; however, it doesn’t seem like Apple’s next wearables will provide many new features, save from a hypothetical Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition. As far as I know, Samsung’s watches also contain a body temperature sensor.

For Android users, the Apple Watch 8 will not be an option since it is only compatible with Apple’s iOS operating system. It’s possible, though, that Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 series may equal or even outperform the top Apple watches based on speculated specifications and price.