Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 render shows leather band, accented power key

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is almost one year old and that means an upgrade is almost due. Initial rumors spoke of a second-generation model dubbed the Galaxy Watch 2 but recent leaks suggest Samsung is instead preparing a successor to the much newer Galaxy Watch Active. Today, this theory gains extra credibility thanks to a leaked press render.

It looks like LTE support has made the cut


Set to be marketed as the Galaxy Watch Active 2, it appears Samsung’s next-gen smartwatch will look a lot like the original. The wearable maintains the latter’s circular display with slim bezels and also features an aluminum frame. This time around, though, some small yet important tweaks have been made which should turn the smartwatch into a more direct Apple Watch competitor.

As first revealed by a set of leaked photos and corroborated by today’s render, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 adds a small red ring to its power/home key. Without any context, this change doesn’t seem very important but in actual fact it is. That’s because, just like Apple, Samsung will reportedly use the ring to distinguish LTE models from Wi-Fi units. Adding further weight to the rumor of LTE support is the presence of a small hole just above the power key. Although not yet confirmed, it’s expected to house a microphone and should, therefore, permit phone calls via the watch. On an unrelated note, the back button which sits further up the right side of the watch is now oval-shaped rather than round.

The model rendered today is undoubtedly the black version Samsung’s reportedly preparing which will seemingly be paired with a black leather band. But recently leaked photos also depicted a silver variant and, if recent rumors are to be believed, a third gold model is on the way too.

Lots of important health-focused features


In addition to the changes mentioned above, Samsung apparently has quite a few fitness and health-focused upgrades planned. Specifically, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is said to be taking a page out of the Apple Watch’s book by introducing a new ECG app. This will enable users to take an electrocardiogram from their wrists and will also let users capture their heart rhythm, therefore detecting rapid or skipped and low or irregular heartbeats. 

Presumably, all of this data can then be shared with a licensed physician for an expert opinion on the matter. Accompanying this feature should be occasional atrial fibrillation (AFib) notifications. This is the most common kind of irregular heartbeat and can result in a stroke if left untreated. 

Lastly, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will reportedly include Fall Detection. This feature will activate automatically if the device detects a fall and will display an alert and also vibrate to capture the user’s attention. Users can either dismiss the notification or contact the emergency services with just one tap if required. Alternatively, the watch itself will send messages to emergency contacts and call emergency services if the user doesn't respond within a pre-determined amount of time.

Much like Apple, Samsung will most likely have to obtain regulatory approval before implementing its ECG feature. As such, it’s possible Samsung will choose to roll them out at a later date if the permission has not yet been granted.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 announcement and release


The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is expected to make its international debut on August 7th alongside the Galaxy Note 10 series. The smartwatch should go on sale within a matter of weeks and will reportedly be available to purchase in both 40mm and 44mm sizes.

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10 Comments

1. Polaris1983

Posts: 28; Member since: May 22, 2019

finally a watch for the grown man.

2. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

It looks like a watch for a kid.

3. Kbcity

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

Call the authorities that's something else.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's like a round Apple Watch, which is great news, it removes Apple Watch's biggest flaw and combines the cleanliness of the Apple design with the cutting edge technology of Samsung and also with the versatility of Android which allows any kind of screen shape unlike Apple's iOS.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

So basically it is the predecessor plus copying all the headline features of Apple Watch. Chinese and Korean OEMs have ruined any sense of originality in this industry, they have turned it into a game of "Apple and the Wannabes" and no one even notices any more.

6. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Customers notice. They can buy products with better design (like the above) and more features for lower prices than Apple's products.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Your answer is the real answer to my question, which I also experience in real life: people have no problem with copycats. Seems that I am a minority that really has issue with unoriginality.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually Samsung and others add enough twists to their products such that they can hardly be called "copycats". A copycat is usually lower quality than the original, while Samsung (and some others) end up with products much better than Apple's. I mean, where can I find a round watch (so I can wear it and not look like a geek) and yet with ECG support ? Apple doesn't make one, but thankfully somebody else does.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 1940; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Except that the Apple watch is the best selling watch, so the customers have spoken.

10. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The Apple Watch is only for iPhone users, so out of reach for 80% of the population that owns a smartphone, which indicates only that Apple has a stronger fan base, not that the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch. Your comment would make sense if the Apple Watch competed directly with other smartwatches. Of course you could argue that iPhone users prefer the Apple Watch over all Wear OS and Samsung Galaxy watches, which are also compatible with the iPhone, but this is no surprise considering the brand loyalty of Apple users and the botched functionality of these watches when paired to iPhone. So basically you have no safe comparison data for your comment. Only your Apple fanboyism.

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