The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro were launched earlier this month. While Samsung didn’t focus on the wearable’s dimensions, a YouTuber may have discovered that the South Korean company may have misrepresented the number about the smartwatch’s thickness. Not only Samsung, but many others, including Apple, may not have provided the numbers you really need to know. YouTuber, however, Fitbit is one of the few to give proper dimensions of their wearables.
According to a video posted on YouTube channel DC Rainmaker, Samsung and Apple have provided “faulty” information about the thickness of their recently launched wearables, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. According to Samsung, the non-Pro version is 9.8mm thick and the Pro model is 10.5mm thick. However, when the YouTuber checked, the dimensions were found to be 13.11 mm and 15.07 mm.
It definitely gives the impression that Samsung (and Apple) got the facts wrong about the thickness. But it seems they are not wrong either. When we hear that a smartwatch is “xyz”mm thick, we assume that is the ‘actual thickness’ of the wearable, which includes the thickness of the sensors. However, it turns out that Samsung and Apple measure the thickness of smartwatches excluding sensors.
The reason for this style/type of measurement is unknown, but the YouTuber notes that it may be because companies assume that the sensors on the back panel penetrate our skin when we wear them. But that doesn’t change the actual thickness of the watch. It is also worth noting that Samsung mentions Declaration They have measured the thickness excluding the sensor. (Well done, Samsung!)
The YouTuber checks the thickness again, this time without the sensor included, and finds the claims to be correct. Based on this cross-checking, it’s safe to conclude that Samsung, and indeed, Apple, have not misrepresented dimensions or provided faulty information. So much so that they have different criteria for measuring thickness that no one knows why. Companies may explain this in the future or be more prominent in showing their ways of measuring thickness.