The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is shaping up to be a pretty exciting Wear OS release, and now it appears it’s also going to bring some stronger materials. According to a reliable tipster, Samsung is set to deliver sapphire glass and a titanium build on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

Ice Universe says that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will ship with both sapphire glass and a titanium build, at least in some capacity. A titanium build isn’t particularly common for most smartwatches, but it would certainly make for a premium build.

Perhaps more exciting, though, is that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro may be using sapphire glass. We’ve seen this on a handful of ultra-premium Wear OS watches in recent years, such as those from Tag Heuer. However, the last time a Wear OS watch was at the general consumer level was with 2015’s Huawei Watch.

The benefit of sapphire glass is that it is essentially scratchproof, giving smartwatches that use the material excellent durability.

The downside? This likely points to the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro being quite pricey. Where the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic carried a price of around $300, the Huawei Watch started at $350. While that’s not a huge difference on paper, it’s important to remember nearly seven years have elapsed in between, and inflation and chip shortages have driven prices up.

In a further tweet, Ice claims the bezels on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro won’t be particularly thin. With hints of a rotating bezel and now this stronger titanium frame, this doesn’t come as a huge shock, so we’ll have to wait and see exactly what the design ends up looking like.

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