Samsung was one of the first to introduce the ability to charge accessories using the same wireless charging coil inside the back of Galaxy phones. Reverse wireless charging, which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare, can be used to charge smartwatches and even wireless earbuds cases. The one hard requirement is that these two devices must touch each other, which is something that you can’t do with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
As SamMobile points out, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro’s new strap design means that it will never be able to touch the back of a phone because it is permanently elevated. That’s not an issue with the smartwatch’s official charger, but that could also mean it won’t be compatible with other third-party wireless chargers that require the wearable to lay flat. The Galaxy Watch 5, fortunately, doesn’t have this problem since it still uses the same classic design that Samsung has been utilizing for years now.
It’s arguable that few probably take advantage of the Wireless PowerShare feature, but it’s still perplexing that Samsung would implement a design that blocks such a key capability that is bound to become more common. More importantly, it could also prove to be a big problem for those who have compatible wireless chargers that will no longer be usable with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. That said, it could still be a corner case, and most people will probably forgive that annoyance in exchange for the smartwatch’s 80-hour battery life promise.