One issue we mentioned in our Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic review was that its price was too high – and the standard Watch 4 is only slightly cheaper – but a new leak suggests the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 could cost even more.
That’s according to reliable leaker Roland Quandt, who has listed some leaked prices for upcoming Galaxy Watch 5 models – two-size versions of the standard model, as well as the one-size-fits-all for the Pro version.
Samsung Galaxy Watch540mm BT ~300 Euro40mm LTE ~350 EuroPink Gold, Grey, Silver44mm BT ~350 Euro44mm LTE ~400 EuroBlue, Grey, SilverWatch5 Pro45mm BT ~490 Euro45mm LTE ~540 EuroBlack, Titanium* Price and tax conversion may cause numbers are different from the actual MSRP.June 22, 2022
As this headline suggests, these prices are all higher than the Galaxy Watch 4 series equivalents, around €30 to €50. This is a price increase that will likely be reflected in prices in other regions as well.
Raising the price is an odd move by Samsung given the price of the Watch 4 devices, and we can’t help but feel that such a move would be misguided.
Admittedly, as Samsung changed the moniker from ‘Classic’ to ‘Pro’ this generation, it might not be fair to compare the two premium smartwatches – it’s possible they’re offering something different there – but either way, the new version is certainly more expensive.
We haven’t heard enough leaks or rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 to know Because the device is getting a price increase, but we expect to hear about some of the key new features that justify a cost increase.
Opinion: An Apple Watch Mistake
If there’s one thing that puts me off the Apple Watch, it’s the price – I’ve tested enough smartwatches to know that $399 / £369 / AU$599 is very, very expensive to pay for one, no matter what features it brings.
This is also an issue I had with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, I should point out – Apple is not alone in overpricing its products.
But unlike Apple, Samsung has a heritage of affordable but worthwhile versions of its products (and I’m not counting things like the iPhone SE, a phone that hardly deserves the descriptors ‘affordable’ or ‘worth the price’). feather’). In smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy A53 likely offers more bang for the buck than the flagship S22 despite having a much lower price tag, and Samsung also makes low-cost tablets that prove to be very popular.
With that in mind, it’s strange that Samsung insists on raising the prices of its smartwatches, even when it doesn’t offer a low-end version (the Galaxy Fit doesn’t exactly count, as it’s a fitness tracker and not a smartwatch).
Samsung is copying Apple in the worst way, by pricing its devices too much without offering any meaningful alternatives. And considering how many countries are facing a cost-of-living crisis, that’s not good enough.
We haven’t heard any rumors about Samsung preparing a low-end smartwatch, and if the Galaxy Watch 5 price hike does happen, I’ll have to go back to my list of the best cheap smartwatches to get inspired by my new gadget.