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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 with ECG Tracker & digital bezels unveiled

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 price
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Six months! That’s how long it took Samsung to announce the predecessor to its Galaxy Watch Active series. It is not very common for them to release a sequel in the same year. But Samsung has taken the liberty to bend the rules this time around. The Galaxy Watch Active was launched alongside the S10 in February. This time, however, the Watch Active 2 is unveiled two days prior to the Galaxy Unpacked event. Galaxy Note 10 is expected to launch in that event.

Overview

Though Galaxy Watch Active and Watch Active 2 may look similar, some minor changes await under-the-hood. Changes such as the presence of ECG tracker and digital bezels would be a few of the many. These changes might just pull you away from the Fitbits and Apple Watches.

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Basically, the Galaxy Watch Active two will be available in two variants. A Bluetooth model and a Bluetooth + LTE model. They both will be available in 40mm as well as in 44mm sizes. The price of the 40mm Bluetooth is set to be $279.99 whereas for the 44mm model will cost $299.99. However, the pricing details of the LTE model is yet to be announced.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active didn’t have a rotating bezel, despite its large bezel size. And that omission disappointed a lot of people. After all, the rotating outer dial is what most people love in the Galaxy watches. Without the rotating bezel, users had to rely solely on the touch screen for navigation. Obviously, it was going to result in clumsy navigation as many actions required double taps.

Fortunately, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 does include that feature. However, it’s not a physical one, but a touch-sensitive one. The black border surrounding the screen is actually touch-sensitive and acts as a bezel – kinda like those old iPods, we used to have. Samsung is calling it the new “Digital Bezel”. Moving the finger over the bezel creates a haptic buzz that simulates the clicks of a physical wheel. Aside from that, the design of Watch Active 2 looks similar to its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 specs features

The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes with an improved heart rate monitor and accelerometer. In addition to that, it also includes ECG tracker. However, it will not be available at launch as Samsung is yet to receive the FDA’s approval. Furthermore, the device comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC.

As for the software, it will use the Tizen-based platform. The watch will be compatible with both Android and iOS phones. Along with that, the watch supports offline syncing of Spotify playlists. Surprisingly, users can even play YouTube videos on the tiny screen.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 specs:

Model Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Bluetooth) Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Bluetooth + LTE)
Display 44mm: 1.4” Super AMOLED

360×360 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

10mm: 1.2” Super AMOLED

360×360 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

44mm: 1.4” Super AMOLED

360×360 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

10mm: 1.2” Super AMOLED

360×360 resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Strap 20mm interchangeable 20mm interchangeable
Chipset Dual-core Exynos 9110 at 1.15GHz Dual-core Exynos 9110 at 1.15GHz
RAM 768MB 1.5GB
Storage 4GB 4GB
Battery 44mm: 340mAh

40mm:247mAh

WPC-based wireless charging

44mm: 340mAh

40mm:247mAh

WPC-based wireless charging

Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0,

Wi-fi b/g/n,

NFC,

A-GPS/Glonass/Beidou

LTE,

Bluetooth 5.0,

Wi-fi b/g/n,

NFC,

A-GPS/Glonass/Beidou

Sensors ECG,

Accelerometer,

Gyroscope,

Barometer,

Ambient light

ECG,

Accelerometer,

Gyroscope,

Barometer,

Ambient light

Software Tizen OS Tizen OS
Compatibility Android: 5.0 or higher, RAM 1.5GB and above,

iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

Android: 5.0 or higher, RAM 1.5GB and above,

iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

Dimension and weight Aluminum 44mm: 44x44x10.9T, 30g

Aluminum 40mm: 40x40x10.9T, 26g

Stainless steel 44mm: 44x44x10.9T, 44g

Stainless steel 40mm: 44x44x10.9T, 37g

44mm: 44x44x10.9T, 44g

 

 

40mm: 44x44x10.9T, 37g

Colors Aluminum: Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, Pink Gold with FKM

 

Stainless steel: Silver, Back, Gold with leather strap

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be up for sale from September 27. The preorder though will last from 6 to 26th of September. However, the availability of the watch in Nepal is not certain. Galaxy Watch Active failed to make its way into the Nepalese market. Thus a huge doubt looms over its successor’s availability out here too.