Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is official: All the new features, price and release date

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is official: All the new features, price and release date
Just five months after Samsung unveiled its sporty Galaxy Watch Active, a successor has been unveiled – the brand new Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes forth, now available in two different sizes and with tons of cool new features!

Design

From a design standpoint, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks just like the first generation Watch Active, but with a few key changes on deck. Unlike some of Samsung's older wearables which featured very handy mechanical rotating bezels for enhanced interface navigation, the Watch Active 2 introduces a brand new take on the useful feature and turns the bezel digital. The thin black bezel around the display is now touch sensitive and emulates the functionality of the mechanical rotating bezel of yore, and the watch now emits a pleasing taptic feedback as you swipe across its sleek edge. Samsung says this enables the very same functionality as before but helps maximize the screen size. Just like before, the all-digital bezel turns both clockwise and counter-clockwise to help you navigate around the OneUI interface on your watch.



The big difference with the second-gen Watch Active 2 is the fact that it is available two different sizes – 40mm and 44mm. Moreover, each of these two versions of the wearable will come in two styles: one will sport a lightweight aluminum frame with a casual fluoroelastomer band for sportier occasions, while a more premium version will rely on a stainless steel casing with a leather strap. Of course, further customization options will be available right off the bat. 

A cool new feature allows you to match the colors of your watch face to your daily outfit – simply take a picture of yourself with your Galaxy phone and the wearable's MyStyle algorithm will extract the key colors and apply them to the current watch face. Never go out of style again!

 

Features & functionality

Probably the most important new feature of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is its ECG (electrocardiogram) sensor, which allows the watch to measure your heart's activity, similarly to the current-gen Apple Watch. However, Samsung has not activated this feature yet and will probably unlocked it via a software update at a later date.  

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 builds upon the strong activity-centric foundation laid by its predecessor. The newcomer comes along activity tracking supporting a total of 39 activities, with seven of these kicking off automatically – running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing machine, elliptical machine and dynamic workouts. The beloved Running Coach feature, which helps you monitor your running pace, is making a comeback with a total of seven different running programs. Samsung also says that the sensors at the rear of the wearable are improved and should take the essential reading much faster than the previous generation Watch Active. 



The Watch Active 2 is now more independent than its predecessor and comes along with LTE connectivity that lets you use it without hauling a paired phone around. To supplement its independence, Samsung has also included real-time voice and text translation between 16 different languages (Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English,
Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese). of course, a regular non-LTE version of each wearable will be available for purchase at a lower price. 

But if you choose to use your Galaxy Watch Active 2 in unison with your phone, you can enjoy more interconnected features and functionalities than before – they are part of the same ecosystem, after all. For example, provided that you use the wearable with a Galaxy phone, you will be able to control your phone's camera and take photos, start recording a video, preview footage on the watch, switch between front and rear cameras, and even preview your photo straight from your wrist. 

Hardware

Both the small and large Galaxy Watch Active 2 are powered by the same dual-core 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 chipset and come with 768MB of RAM, but the LTE-enabled models double that to 1.5GB for better performance. No matter the model, you will get it with 4GB of native storage to safekeep your music, photos, and other files. The 44mm version of the watch sports a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display, while the smaller one comes in at 1.2 inches. Both displays have the same 360x360-pixel resolution and are covered with Gorilla Glass DX+. A 340mAh battery powers the 44mm model, while a 247mAh one keeps the lights on in the smaller device. 

Comparison with the Galaxy Watch Active 

Does the arrival of the new Watch Active 2 mean that you should sell your Galaxy Watch? Well, not at all. For all intents and purposes, the Watch Active 2 is most likely aimed at those who are still rocking their Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Sport watches and are looking for an upgrade. Still, let's see how the new wearable stacks up to its predecessor, which was released just five months ago.


Price and release date

Finally, we get to the key aspect of Samsung's new smartwatch release – how much is it going to cost? The wearable is set to hit the stores on September 27 and will start at $279 for the Bluetooth-only 40mm version and $299 for the 44mm one. Pricing for the LTE versions is still unclear at this point. It's also unclear which carriers exactly will be selling and supporting the LTE-enabled version of the Watch Active 2. 

Pre-orders will kick off on September 6 and anyone who has pre-ordered the wearable will receive a free Wireless Portable battery from Samsung as a bonus.


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12 Comments

1. mrochester

Posts: 976; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Lovely looking watches but the 4GB of storage completely kills them. They should have 16gb at least.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

and more ram 1.5 and 2

14. Sam1ne

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 07, 2019

Why would anyone need 16gb on a watch??

2. peschiera

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

All other pages mention the innovative touch-enabled bezel in the heading, but you hide it within the Design section. Please explain!

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

touch-enabled bezel is very clever but Phonearena somehow makeS IT like its a downgrade lol.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Looks great ! But I'm really worried about the battery life. I mean, it's the same processor as in the Galaxy Watch but the screen is larger and the battery 30% smaller. Do the math...especially on the LTE version. And the LTE is not available in aluminium, meaning unnecessary weight on your wrist if you want an eSIM. Not good, really odd choices.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Screen size is irrelevant to battery life with OLED. Number of pixels is what matters, because they each power up individually. If the watch face is bigger, but has the same pixel count, it should be roughly equal in battery use. In this instance, most likely it's a newer display, and likely more power efficient per pixel, so even though larger it'll use less battery. (I'm assuming it's a newer version, I didn't actually check.)

12. Cat97

Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You lack basic physics knowledge. If the pixel count is the same and the pixel pitch (distance between pixels) is the same, it means larger pixels for a larger screen. Lighting up a larger area to the same intensity requires more energy, it's really a no brainer.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very nice.

8. IPHONEANDROID

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 28, 2016

Did I miss it? Was the issue of Galaxy Watch Active 2 having NFC and MST addressed? I'm guessing only NFC.

9. Diva_hipsterova

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

Fall detection?

10. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Is it Gorilla Glass or Sapphire Crystal? Anyone know? The LTE version has premium stainless so hoping the display is sapphire. Looks like a beautiful piece!

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