Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch 5 Pro might ditch one key feature that differentiates Galaxy Watches from their main competitors. Expected to be announced later this year, the Galaxy Watch 5 will be an upgrade over last year’s Galaxy Watch 4, which marked Samsung’s return to Wear OS after ditching it several years earlier in favor of Tizen. The upcoming smartwatch is expected to bring some cool new features to the table, but if the latest information is anything to go by, it might also get rid of one critical feature found in its predecessor.
Several leaks over the past few months have revealed some exciting details about the upcoming watch. First off, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5-series could include a ‘Pro’ model with a massive battery, which could fix one of the only complaints about the Galaxy Watch 4 — its less-than-stellar battery life. Reports also suggest that the company will drop the ‘Classic’ variant from the Galaxy Watch 5 lineup. There’s also uncertainty over whether the device will ship with body temperature measurement, thanks to conflicting reports in the media over the past few months.
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Reliable tipster Ice Universe has hinted that Samsung could ditch the rotating bezel of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic in its upcoming smartwatch. Replying to a Twitter user about whether Samsung will keep its trademark Galaxy Watch feature in the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, Ice Universe said: “Unfortunately, the galaxy watch5 Pro will disappoint you.” Ice Universe didn’t go into any details about Samsung’s plans for its next-gen smartwatch, but the thought of not having the rotating bezel in the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is already disappointing many potential buyers.
The Rotating Bezel Is A Key Galaxy Watch Feature
It is worth noting that this is not the first time that reports have emerged about Samsung possibly killing off the rotating bezel in its Galaxy Watch 5. Rumors earlier this year also suggested that the company might ditch the rotating bezel to reduce the number of moving parts in its watches. As expected, the report wasn’t received too kindly by potential buyers. The mechanical rotating bezel has been an integral part of Samsung’s smartwatch lineup for several years and has become synonymous with the company’s Galaxy Watch line. As a result, most buyers expect it to be part of the package when buying a top-end Galaxy Watch.
The rotating bezel not only injects an impressive mechanical and old-fashioned feel into an essentially new-age gadget but is also an intuitive method of navigating the user interface. While there’s nothing wrong with touchscreen-based navigation, having the ring to swipe through menus and options just feels more satisfying. It is also one of the significant design flourishes that distinguish Galaxy Watches from their competitors, so not seeing it in the next-gen Galaxy Watch could be disappointing for many long-time Samsung Galaxy Watch users wanting to upgrade to the new model.