Tipster SnoopyTech claims that the Galaxy Watch 5 series will be able to get from zero to 45% charge in just 30 minutes. Given how charging times slow down at higher percentages, we could be looking at a little over an hour for a full charge. That’s still plenty fast considering how long it usually takes for smartwatches to charge, but that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
These alleged higher charging figures are thanks to two anticipated important changes. One is the use of a faster 10W charger, which is a jump from the standard 5W charger that Samsung has been offering for a while now. There’s also the alleged switch to a more efficient and faster USB-C connection, something that is still rare among smartwatches. This potentially means you’ll be able to charge your Galaxy Watch 5 from your phone without having to use the slower Wireless Powershare feature.
The one caveat to this leak is that the Galaxy Watch 5 is expected to have a significantly larger battery, as well. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, in particular, has been rumored to carry a 572mAh battery, up from the Galaxy Watch 4 model’s 361mAh battery capacity. That might not be the same for the other models, but that could also affect the charging speed. Either way, the Galaxy Watch 5 is shaping up to be the Wear OS smartwatch to keep an eye on, at least until the Pixel Watch finally arrives.