With its rotating bezel, Samsung has had an iconic design element for the better part of a decade. The Galaxy Watch 5 series is reportedly planning to completely do away with the rotating bezel, so it appears that may finally be happening.
The bezel of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro won’t rotate.
Three Samsung smartwatches are planned for release later this year. Two variations of the same smartwatch would make up the Galaxy Watch 5 series, with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro slated to offer a significant increase in terms of battery life and overall size.
However, it appears that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro won’t include a rotating bezel. In response to a tweet about the revolving bezel, trustworthy tipper Ice Universe claims on Twitter that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro would disappoint. That indicates that, although being initially anticipated, the function is probably not going to be included on that next wearable.
While one model losing the feature typically wouldn’t be a reason for alarm, it does appear like the rotating bezel will be absent from the whole Galaxy Watch 5 portfolio. Another earlier source pretty well confirmed that the Classic design will be discontinued with the upcoming version.
IS SAMSUNG’S ROTATING BEZEL AT AN END NOW? Sadly, it appears that the distinctive revolving bezel may have reached its physical end. Samsung continues to sell the virtual Galaxy Watch 4, which includes a touch-sensitive ring around the screen. There is no need to think the Watch 5 won’t follow suit.
However, this isn’t the first time that the future of rotating bezels has been questioned. The Galaxy Watch Active line from Samsung was the brand’s first smartwatches without a rotating bezel in nearly five years when it was introduced in 2019. Instead, the touch-sensitive bezel was added by the Galaxy Watch Active 2 to fill the void.
The rotating bezel was finally brought back by Samsung, though, with the release of the Galaxy Watch 3 in 2020. Naturally, the Galaxy Watch 4 series maintained the feature, with the Classic model continuing to have a spinning bezel. Samsung built the entire Tizen OS operating system around using the bezel for navigation, whereas Wear OS is a little less dependent on that particular method. It’s not entirely shocking that Samsung wants to do away with the rotating bezel feature because Wear OS 3 and Samsung’s One UI Watch overlay make it just as simple to use.
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