Samsung, please don’t go overboard for your next smartwatch

While all gadgets have their design challenges, there’s one that continues to plague smartwatches: battery life. There are several ways to mitigate this, but unfortunately many smartwatch manufacturers choose the absolute worst solution: to make the smartwatch bigger.

The last example could be Samsung. According to a Sam-Mobile report, the company is considering a “Pro” version of the new generation of Galaxy Watch. Details were sparse except for one thing: this ‘Pro’ model could potentially pack a much larger 572mAh battery.

If true, that would be a significant upgrade. Poor battery life is one of the biggest user complaints to have reported with Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 range. It’s also common for the “Pro” models to act as the premium option with longer battery life, better materials and, unfortunately, the biggest horn display possible.

The screen is 20% larger on the Apple Watch Series 7

Series 7 has also increased the sizes of the Apple Watch
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

It’s possible that Samsung will find a way to include a bigger battery without increasing the size of the watch. However, recent smartwatch trends suggest otherwise. Take the Apple Watch. Series 7 increased the size of the watches from 40mm to 41mm and from 44mm to 45mm. A I fix it Teardown revealed that the 7-series batteries were 1.6% larger for the 41mm and 6.8% larger for the 45mm. It’s likely that larger always-on displays needed more powerful batteries to maintain the same 18-hour battery life.

Samsung is also guilty of this. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is available in 41mm and 45mm versions. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is available in 42mm and 46mm. What would a proposed “Pro” version be? 43mm and 47mm? You might think a 1mm increase in size isn’t much of a big deal, but it adds up over time.

As someone with small wrists, I can say that watches beyond 42mm start to get uncomfortable. (Not to mention they look absolutely ridiculous.) To get the same performance – especially during workouts – I have to make some adjustments for fit. And while people of all genders come in all shapes and sizes, excluding smaller options ends up excluding a lot of women. The result is that you end up treating smaller people as an afterthought.

The Garmin Fenix ​​7S on the wrist.

This 42mm Garmin Fenix ​​7S Sapphire Solar watch is as big as it gets before it gets uncomfortable
Photo by Victoria Song/The Verge

Take Garmin’s Fenix ​​6 and Fenix ​​7 ranges. The Fenix ​​6X Pro was the first to charge using solar power. People with smaller wrists who might have wanted this feature had to wait. And now, two years later, the 51mm Fenix ​​7X is the first and only model to receive an LED flashlight. It will likely shrink to smaller sizes in the future, but only Garmin can tell when. As a woman who occasionally runs at night, I wish I had this feature on the smaller Fenix ​​7S I tested. But getting this feature meant I had to sacrifice my comfort. And what’s the point of a wearable you don’t want to wear?

At some point, it becomes unsustainable. There’s a limit to the size of these devices before the battery gains are outweighed by the discomfort. It’s bad business to exclude potential customers who reside in smaller entities. Some of this is just the current limitations of wearable technology. Also, nothing is set in stone yet. Samsung might just ditch the whole idea of ​​a “Pro” watch. But even so, I hope these companies use their resources to create new solutions to this problem instead of always taking the easy way out.

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