The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been officially announced, and it drops the physical rotating bezel in favour of a digital one. The revamped One UI now features a bezel in the Super AMOLED display, a design that makes the screen to be more visible on your wrist. The 44mm version comes with a larger screen than the 46mm Galaxy Watch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Features
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available in two sizes (40mm and 44mm) and two styles. The styles are a casual version with a lightweight aluminum body and an FKM wrist strap or a premium stainless steel watch body with a leather strap.
In both styles, you can swap the strap with an standard 20mm band. You can as well colour coordinate the watch face with your clothes, all you have to do is to snap a photo of your outfit using the new My Style feature of the Galaxy Wearables app.
Also read: Images of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
The smartwatch has an improved heart rate reader with 8 LEDs for faster readings. This new model also gains an electrocardiogram feature (ECG). As the name suggests, the watch is geared towards exercise as well as wellness and sleep.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 can track 39 different types of workouts, some of which have sub-categories. For instance, the updated Running Coach has 7 different modes with real-time tracking (helped by GPS, a barometer and accelerometer).
The watch boasts up to 5ATM water resistance (and IP68), which makes it suitable for swimming. It can take a few knocks too (it’s MIL-STD-810G rated) and features Gorilla Glass DX+ to protect the screen.
The Calm app that comes with it offers guided meditation programs and sleep tracking (it’s available in English, Spanish and German). The Galaxy Watch Active 2 can also keep track of your stress levels.
Both sizes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 have a Super AMOLED screen with 360 x 360px resolution. The 40mm version has a 1.2” display, the 44mm goes for a 1.4” screen. The watch is powered by the Exynos 9110 chipset with 768MB of RAM and it runs Tizen OS.
There is also an LTE version with 1.5GB of RAM (available only in stainless steel), which allows you to stay up to date with your social networking accounts. You can read, reply to and like tweets from the watch itself and watch videos. It also comes with a real-time voice and text translation in over 16 languages.
You can listen to music on the go thank to Samsung’s partnership with Spotify. You just need to sign into your Samsung account and start listening. The watch can also be used as a camera remote for your Samsung Galaxy flagship (S9, Note9 or S10).
You will also find other features from the Samsung ecosystem, including Samsung Health, Smart Things, Pay and Bixby.
Unfortunately, the sad news is that you will have to wait until September 6 to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and until the 26th for it to be released. As for prices, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 aluminum version costs $280 for the 40mm size and $300 for the 44mm version. Note that pre-ordering nets you a free Wireless Charger Portable Battery.
The price for the stainless steel version is still TBA. In the USA, it will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon starting September 27, 2019.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Full Specification
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE (unspecified)|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2019, September|
|Dimensions||44 x 44 x 10.9 mm (1.73 x 1.73 x 0.43 in)|
|Weight||44 g (1.55 oz)|
|Build||Front glass, Stainless Steel 316L frame|
|SIM||Electronic SIM card (eSIM)|
50m waterproof (IP68)
Compatible with standard 20mm straps
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1.4 inches, 6.3 cm2 (~32.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||360 x 360 pixels, 1:1 ratio (~364 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass DX+|
|OS||Tizen-based wearable OS|
|Chipset||Exynos 9110 (10 nm)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.15 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Internal||4 GB, 1.5 GB RAM|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer|
|Natural language commands and dictation|
|Non-removable Li-Ion 340 mAh battery|
|Colors||Black, Silver, Gold|
|Price||About 350 EUR|