Galaxy Watch 5 could kill a beloved feature and we ask “why?”

Samsung is reportedly planning to drop the Classic model for the upcoming Galaxy Watch 5, according to reports released on Friday.

A report from SamMobile also brings some news that might make fans of the range shiver; the rotating bezel feature could also be on death row.

The report says it’s unclear if the Galaxy Watch 5 and the rumored Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will include the long-time favorite feature. Samsung’s rotating bezel is a signature for the lineup and a good way for the company to distinguish its Wear OS devices from the Apple Watch. However, it may be a reprieve.

The report says that Samsung might still launch the Galaxy Watch 5 in two sizes (last year it arrived in 44mm and 40mm), while the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro might just be a one-off job. Today’s report also claims that the watch will run the next version of Watch OS 3 software that Samsung has created with Google and Fitbit. We may find out more at Google I/O next month.

The digital rotating bezel was a highlight of the Galaxy Watch 4 and our reviewer Thomas Deehan absolutely loved it, saying it “works like a charm”.

He wrote: “What makes general navigation easier is the return of the digital rotating bezel. Last seen on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, this feature replicates the feel of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic’s physical rotating bezel by using haptic feedback when you swipe your finger across the outer edge of the display.

“Having grown accustomed to using rotating crowns, I wasn’t sure how effective a digital replica would be, but the rotating bezel is so intuitive that any skepticism was dispelled within seconds. In fact, it works so well that I now wonder why more manufacturers haven’t jumped on the feature yet.

We can expect the next generation Galaxy Watch towards the end of the summer if the recent precedent is followed.

Floyd N. Morlan