We now know that Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 series will have essentially quadrupled its charging speed, now enabling 10W rates, since the smartwatch has passed through the FCC this week.

With faster charging, the Galaxy Watch 5 debuts at the FCC. In the last day, a few Galaxy Watch 5 units have arrived on the FCC , confirming model numbers and providing some additional information about the future smartwatches. SM-R900 ; SM-R910 ; and SM-R920

These model numbers have previously been discussed, and they confirm earlier speculation and our discovery earlier this month that Samsung is discontinuing its Classic collection. In contrast, R900 designates the standard Galaxy Watch 5, R910 the bigger device, and R920 the Pro version.

These items are all for the Galaxy Watch 5’s standard Bluetooth model, not the LTE variations. As a result, the listings attest to Bluetooth and 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi capabilities. Also listed is NFC.

Update 6/17: A few days after the Bluetooth models, Samsung has pushed the LTE variants of the Galaxy Watch 5 past the FCC. SM-R905 , SM-R915 , and SM-R925 correspond to the LTE variants of the Galaxy Watch 5’s smaller, bigger, and Pro models, respectively. There are no other specifics to give, but the listings explicitly state that 10W charging is supported as well as LTE support.

These listings also provide screenshots to reaffirm the continuous use of Wear OS in case there was any lingering uncertainty.

galaxy watch 5 model number settings fcc

However, the Galaxy Watch 5 charging times are by far the most important aspect of this information. The gadget can operate at rates as low as 10W at 5V/2A. Although slow by smartphone standards, that is essentially twice as much as the Galaxy Watch 4’s 5W.

That’s fantastic news because one of our main issues with the smartwatch from the previous year was the charging pace. Faster charging could have saved the disappointing battery life, as we expressly noted in our review.

If the charging speed was faster, a lot of my battery life worries would go away. According to Samsung, the battery needs 110 minutes to charge completely. My testing suggests that’s accurate, but it’s just not quick enough. For speedier charging, Samsung would be wise to switch to a system that uses direct pins.

Also noteworthy is that the Galaxy Watch 5 charging puck was discovered earlier this month at a Korean regulator. The charger’s actual design hasn’t changed, even though the charging speed appears to be changing.

This also aids in the larger battery. Along with quicker charging, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is anticipated to have a larger battery overall. While the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is rumored to have a battery capacity of close to 600 mAh, the basic models will have a modest boost in both sizes.

Larger batteries would just slow down charging rates without a quicker charger, making the situation worse. But with such a significant boost in place, it’s possible that we’ll have both improved life and faster charging.

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