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#TECH: Samsung improves health monitoring with Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 11/8/2022 Izwan Ismail
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KUALA LUMPUR: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has announced the availability of Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Watch5 enhances the features that consumers rely on every day, while the Galaxy Watch5 Pro – the newest addition to the Galaxy Watch lineup – is Samsung's most durable and feature-packed watch yet.

"We're dedicated to giving our Galaxy Watch community the tools, data and resources needed to not only understand their overall health and wellness better, but to coach them on their journey," said Samsung Electronics' President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business, Dr TM Roh.

"With Samsung's groundbreaking BioActive Sensor, we're empowering users with the most complete picture of their health-related insights yet," he said.

Better sensor technology

For the new watches, Samsung has set out to provide in-depth monitoring and practical data offering users the information they need to help them along their health and wellness journey.

For example, the Galaxy Watch5 is equipped with Samsung's unique BioActive Sensor that drives the next era of digital health monitoring. First introduced on the Galaxy Watch4 series, the BioActive Sensor uses a single unique chip that combines two powerful health sensors – Optical Heart Rate and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis – to deliver extensive readings that include heart rate, blood oxygen level, and even stress level.

The watch offers an increased surface area and more direct contact with your wrist, and it tracks health metrics now with even greater accuracy than Galaxy Watch4.

Besides that, the Galaxy Watch5 offers a comprehensive end-to-end experience that goes beyond fitness activities and into the post-workout, rest, and recovery process.

The Body Composition measurement tool provides a complete snapshot of the user's overall health, providing them with a tailored approach to set goals, guide them through personalised workouts, and track progress. And when it's time to rest, the Galaxy Watch5 series empowers users with recovery data, including post-cardio heart rate after an intense workout, and customised recommendations on water consumption based on sweat loss.

Sleep tracking

A good night's rest is important in wellness, and that's why we're helping users have a better night's sleep.

Now the watch understands sleep patterns through Sleep Scores that monitor stages of sleep, along with snore detection and blood oxygen levels.

It also improved users sleep habits with advanced Sleep Coaching that gives a tailored month-long guided programme. Through SmartThings integration, Galaxy Watch5 automatically sets connected lights, AC units, and TVs to predetermined settings that make for an ideal sleep environment.

Better batter power

The battery power of the Galaxy Watch5 has been improved.

You don't have to worry that your watch may run out of power or get damaged in rough terrain as the Galaxy Watch5 comes with a 13 per cent larger battery and provides eight hours of sleep tracking with just eight minutes of charging, which is 30 per cent faster than Galaxy Watch4.

This year, Samsung offers its first smartwatch display featuring a Sapphire Crystal display, which has a 60 per cent harder outer layer, so your watch remains reliable in day-to-day use. Additionally, One UI Watch4.5 offers a fuller typing experience, an easier way to make calls, and a host of new accessibility features that make the Galaxy Watch more intuitive.

The Pro version

Created for those that love the great outdoors, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is the newest addition to the Galaxy Watch portfolio.

From hiking to cycling and beyond, Watch5 Pro is ready for the challenge thanks to its premium materials. It features enhanced Sapphire Crystal that better resists any wear and tear and a durable titanium casing that protects the display with a protruded bezel design. Galaxy Watch5 Pro also comes with an all-new D-Buckle Sport Band that offers rugged durability with a sleek and clean fit.

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro has the largest battery in a Galaxy Watch. It's 60 per cent larger than Galaxy Watch4, which is key to keeping up with you while you conquer a new route. Take advantage of GPX, that's available for the first time on a Galaxy Watch. Head out on a hike and record and share it with fellow trail-lovers on the Samsung Health app with Route Workout.

You can also download hiking and cycling routes as you practice for your next race or look to mix up your routine. As you hike or cycle, keep your eyes on the path and away from the map with intuitive Turn-by-turn directions. When you're ready to head home, Galaxy Watch5 Pro will get you there easily with the Track back feature that takes you back the way you came.

PricingThe Galaxy Watch5 offers comes in two size, and with all-new neutral colour options. The the large 44mm option available in Graphite, Sapphire, and Silver and the small 40mm option available in Graphite, Pink Gold, and Silver which features a Bora Purple strap that pairs perfectly with the Galaxy Z Flip4. Galaxy Watch5 will start at RM1,099 for the Bluetooth version.

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