If Samsung sticks to the same schedule as last year, then the successor to the Galaxy Watch 5 could be with us in August, and the latest rumor updates suggest that the Galaxy Watch 6 could top it in terms of battery life.
This is from galactic club (opens in a new tab) (through fandroid (opens in a new tab)), and based on certifications for upcoming smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 6 will carry either a 300mAh or 425mAh capacity battery depending on its size (40mm or 44mm, if you follow last year’s example).
That’s up from 284 mAh and 410 mAh respectively, so while we’re not talking a huge jump in terms of battery size, we expect the added capacity and some additional hardware and software tweaks to mean noticeable improvements to the battery life. battery duration.
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Officially, Samsung says you can wait “up to 40 hours” between charges for the 40mm and 44mm Galaxy Watch 5 models, so we’re talking a day and a half before you have to start hunting for your charger again.
Check out our Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review and you’ll see that we managed to make the smartwatch last a day with a workout included. If you want to get more than that, you have to be careful how you use your portable device.
Not mentioned in this leak is the Galaxy Watch Pro 5, which offers around twice the battery life of the cheapest model, thanks to a 590mAh battery. We’ll have to wait and see if Samsung can improve on that this year.
Analysis: Wearables have a battery life problem
Of course, longer battery life is always better, whether it’s smartphones, laptops, or any other type of electronic device. However, with portable devices, it’s particularly important: these devices are designed to be worn at all times, not to sit on a charging stand.
With smartwatches, for example, they track your steps, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more. When you don’t use them, there are gaps in the data that is collected, making these devices less useful.
However, by their very nature, these portable devices are small and lightweight. No one wants a chunky smartwatch that weighs down on their wrist, and that means there’s not much room for a battery. Manufacturers are essentially in a no-win situation at the moment.
Perhaps the best approach when it comes to smartwatches is something like the Garmin Instinct 2: it uses a monochrome screen and can last a month between charges, while the solar-powered option never needs to be recharged if you live somewhere sunny.