Smartwatches didn’t make it’s way into people’s lifestyle like smartphone did. While smartphones are sort of a necessity in today’s era, smartwatches are still a luxury. That’s why many OEMs like Motorola stopped focusing on smartwatches. But few OEMs are still in this game like Apple and Samsung. While new Apple Watch is 1 month away to launch, Samsung today launched Galaxy Watch Active 2 in the USA. So let’s see what this new smartwatch has.
Design & Built:
Starting with the design, in earlier Samsung smartwatches there was a physical rotating wheel to control the device, but this year Samsung removed it with Galaxy Watch Active. Now with the successors they bought back the wheel but it’s digital wheel rather than physical. It means there’s full screen display on the watch, but the sides can be turned into digital wheel which can be used to control the watch like earlier watches. There’s haptic vibration which gives the clicky feel of physical wheel.
Now talking about the size, this watch comes in two size options, 40mm and 44mm. The screen size is 1.2 inch for 40mm, and 1.4mm for 44mm. Both sizes have options for aluminium and stainless steel options. The Bluetooth version has aluminium built and the LTE version has a stainless steel build. The straps also has options like leather finished or stainless steel, and it can be replaced with any 20mm strap.
Features & Specifications:
Both sizes sports Super AMOLED display with 360×360 resolution and has 364 ppi. It has Gorilla Glass DX+ protection on top. Regarding protection it is 5ATM waterproof and IP68 certified, along with MIL-STD-810G standards for durability. It comes with dual core Exynos 9110 CPU built on 10nm process. It has 768MB RAM for Bluetooth version and 1.5GB RAM for LTE version. Both have 4GB internal storage. This Galaxy Watch Active 2 runs on TizenOS for the smartwatch.
Talking about fitness, this Galaxy Watch Active 2 is loaded with lots of new and improved features. Electrocardiogram (ECG) is present on this watch, which not only tracks the exercise, but also overall health. It has 8 LED optical heart rate sensor for more accurate heart rate check-up. It can track total 39 different types of workouts, along with sub-categories within. It has a Calm app which is useful for sleep counts, stress level, as well as for guiding towards proper meditation.
For styling, it has a feature named My Style. With this feature, users can match the background theme colour of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 based on watch he/she is wearing. User needs to click the photograph of dress he/she is wearing with the connected smartphone, and watch theme colour will change accordingly. The LTE version has specific features like voice and text translations, Spotify, read & reply to social media messages, Samsung Pay, and Bixby. The shutter button option for smartphone camera is available for Bluetooth version as well.
Pricing & Availability:
- 40mm Bluetooth version is priced at $280
- 44mm Bluetooth version is priced at $300
- LTE version of both sizes are yet to be priced.
- Pre-orders will start from 6th September.
- Shipping will start from 26th September.
- Wireless Charger Portable Battery is free for Pre-orders.
- No information about the availability in other regions.
So that’s all the information we have as of now. This smartwatch looks promising to make a balance between smartwatch and fitness band. What are your thoughts on Galaxy Watch Active 2? Let us know in the comment section below. Also stay tuned with us for more information.