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As the weeks go by, we've gotten a better idea of ​​what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, and hidden benchmarks in the latest beta version of the Samsung Health app have revealed more about wearables coming later. year.

These references were spotted by 9to5Google (opens in a new tab) and perhaps the biggest of the bunch is the reference to the Pro model of the smartwatch. There's no mention of a Classic Edition, so it looks like we'll be getting a Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, with an expected launch in August.

Previous leaks hinted that Samsung would launch the standard, classic, and Pro models of the Galaxy Watch 5, but now we could be down to two. This is related to another rumor that was circulating based on conversations with sources within Samsung.

Goodbye rotating bezel

With the beta version of the Samsung Health app showing a list of compatible smartwatches, we can see that the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic could be the last wearable with this particular brand, and that could mean the demise of another popular Galaxy feature. Watch.

The rotating bezel is a convenient way to control apps and menus on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, but recent leaks have suggested it will be removed from the 2022 lineup. Samsung Health doesn't suggest otherwise either.

All this means that this time we will get a new Pro model, but some of the useful features will disappear from the list. At least we can take comfort in the news that battery life could be better this time around.

Analysis: Samsung is preparing for the Pixel Watch

With the arrival of the fifth generation of its flagship wearables, Samsung now has considerable experience in making these watches. There's something slightly different about the 2022 releases, though, and that's the imminent arrival of the Google Pixel Watch.

With phones like the Pixel 6 Pro, Google has tried to take market share from Samsung while staying on good terms with the company as one of its Android hardware partners. Now the same scenario is opening up as Google and Samsung go head-to-head on smartwatches.

Remember that Samsung has returned to Wear OS with the Galaxy Watch 4 devices, which means Android users who want a smartwatch will have a direct choice between Samsung and Google. Google hopes this will push Samsung to create even better Wear OS hardware, which would ultimately be good for everyone.

We don't know exactly when the Google Pixel Watch will go on sale, but October is a decent bet. That gives Samsung a few months to impress with its own smartwatches before new competition enters the picture.

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