Samsung’s Unpacked event is just around the corner and we’re expecting that the company will be unveiling the successor to their signature Note series. That said, there were a few more devices that were slated to be released together with the new Galaxy Note 10; one of them is the successor to the Galaxy Watch Active which was just introduced a few months back.
The new Galaxy Watch Active2 takes the familiar form factor of the Galaxy Watch Active and bumps the features up a notch. The Watch Active2 comes in 2 sizes: 40mm and 44mm. The new addition to the line up also comes with two different builds: lightweight aluminum with a Fluoroelastomer band and solid stainless steel with a leather strap.
The Galaxy Watch Active2 now comes with Samsung’s signature rotating bezel – with a twist. The bezel on the Active2 is contained directly into the Super AMOLED display of the smart watch. The digital bezel works by simply touching and rotating the edges of the screen to get the familiar interactions we’ve seen on other Galaxy Watch devices. This builds on Samsung’s OneUI which was first debuted with the Galaxy Watch and also the Galaxy Watch Active. In addition, the Galaxy Watch Active2 comes with a new My Style colour extraction algorithm which allows you to synchronise your watch face and your outfit by simply taking a picture in the Galaxy Wearables App.
Of course, as a Galaxy Wearable, the Watch Active2 comes with all the fitness bells and whistles that we’re used to seeing in a Galaxy Wearable. It can manually track over 39 exercises. Seven of these can be detected automatically. According to Samsung, the sensors on the Galaxy Watch Active2 have been enhanced to allow for faster readings. The Watch also integrates with Calm, a sleep and meditation app. This allows users to benefit from meditation routines and sleep optimisation through the app.
The Watch Active2 comes with LTE connectivity built-in. As such, users are able to make and take calls from the watch itself without the need for a phone. In addition, Samusng has partnered with Spotify to bring seamless connectivity with the service with a single sign-on using a Samsung account. Users will be able to access social media and interact on the Watch Active2 as well. Samsung Pay is also available on the Watch Active2 through NFC.
The Galaxy Watch Active2 is also able to pair with your smartphone. Samsung calls it an “Integral part of the Galaxy Ecosystem”. With features such as the Camera Controller, users will be able to get a whole new level of functionality from their devices. The Active2 also has wireless charging and is able to take advantage of the Wireless PowerShare which comes on Galaxy S10 series, for now.
Pricing & Availability
The Galaxy Watch Active2 will be retailing in the U.S. for USD$279 for the 40mm aluminum version. The larger 44mm stainless steel version will be retailing at USD$299. The Galaxy Watch Active2 will be available starting 27 September 2019. Pre-orders in the U.S. will come together with a free wireless charger portable battery.
|Color||Aluminum: Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, Pink Gold with Fluoroelastomer (FKM)|
Stainless Steel: Silver, Black, Gold with Leather strap
|Dimensions & Weight||Aluminum case–44mm models: 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 30g|
Aluminum case–40mm models: 40 x 40 x 10.9T, 26g
Stainless Steel case–44mm models: 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 42g
Stainless Steel case–40mm models: 40 x 40 x 10.9T, 37g
*LTE model only available in Stainless Steel
|Display||44mm models: 1.4-inch (34mm) 360 x 360 Super AMOLED, full color Always On Display, Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX+|
40mm models: 1.2-inch (30mm) 360 x 360 Super AMOLED, full color Always On Display, Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX+
|Strap||44mm models: 20mm interchangeable|
40mm models: 20mm interchangeable
|Battery||44mm models: 340mAh|
40mm models: 247mAh
|Chipset||Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz|
|Memory||768MB + 4GB, *1.5GB + 4GB|
*LTE models only
|Connectivity||LTE*, Bluetooth® 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC|
A-GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou7
*LTE connectivity only available in LTE models
|Sensor||Heart Rate Monitoring (with 8 Photodiodes), Electrocardiogram (ECG), Accelerometer (measure up to 32g of force), Gyroscope, Barometer, Ambient Light|
|Charge||WPC-based wireless charging|
|Durability||5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G|
|Compatibility||Android: Android 5.0 or higher, RAM 1.5GB or above|
iOS: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above