Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: review, new features, price

Less than six months have passed since Samsung introduced the Galaxy Watch Active to the public. And so

the official release of the second generation of the accessory has already taken place - Galaxy Watch Active 2which are now available in two different sizesand with many user-friendly features. Right now, we’ll review the new product and discuss its main advantages, as well as the price and start date of sales.

Design

Let's start by tradition with how the watch looks - withdesign. The appearance is exactly the same as the first generation, but there are some changes. If you remember, older versions of Samsung accessories come with very convenient mechanical rotating frames for improved interface navigation. Watch Active 2 takes a completely new approach to a useful feature. The thin black frame around the display is now sensitive to touch and imitates the functionality of the rotating frame from the previous version. The watch now gives a nice tactile feedback (response) when you glide along a smooth edge.

According to the manufacturer, functionalityremained the same, but it allowed to maximize the screen size. As before, the digital bezel now rotates clockwise and counterclockwise to help you navigate the OneUI on your watch.

The second global difference from the first versionSamsung Galaxy Watch Active is that the watch is now available in two different sizes - 40 mm and 44 mm. In addition, each of these two versions is presented in two different styles: a more sporty and premium version with a stainless steel case with a leather strap.

Another cool new feature is the opportunitychoose the color of the dial that suits your everyday outfit. You can simply take a picture of yourself with your Galaxy phone, and the MyStyle algorithm of the wearable device will extract the key colors and apply them to the current dial. Very cool and relevant!

Features & Functions

Key advantage of the new Samsung Galaxy WatchActive 2 - the presence of an ECG sensor (electrocardiogram), which allows the watch to measure the activity of your heart, as on the latest generation of Apple Watch. In addition, the watch is able to track your daily activity, supporting a total of 39 activities, and seven of them start automatically - running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing simulator, elliptical trainer and dynamic training.

There is a feature that helps you keep track ofpace of running. Samsung also claims that the sensors on the back of the wearable device are improved and now get the required performance much faster than the previous generation Watch Active watches.

Watch Active 2 is now more independentthan the past generation. The smartwatch comes with LTE connectivity, which allows you to use it without having to pair with your phone. In addition to this, Samsung 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). The version without LTE for the price, of course, will be lower.

But if you decide to use the Galaxy WatchActive 2 in conjunction with your phone, you will get more interconnected functions and features than before. For example, you can control your phone’s camera and take photos, start recording videos, watch footage on your watch, switch between the front and back cameras, and even view your photos right from your wrist.

Specifications

Galaxy Watch Active 2 runs on a dual-core1.15 GHz Exynos 9110 chipset and equipped with 768 MB of RAM. Models with LTE support received up to 1.5 GB of RAM to improve performance. Regardless of the model, you will also get 4 GB of internal storage for storing music, photos and other files.

The 44 mm version is equipped withThe 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display, while the smaller model has a 1.2-inch display. Both displays have the same resolution of 360 × 360 pixels and are covered with Gorilla Glass DX +. On the older version there is a battery with a capacity of 340 mAh, on the youngest - 247 mAh.

What is the difference from Galaxy Watch Active?

If you are the owner of the first version of Galaxy Watch Active, for sure, the question will arise in your head whether it is worth changing the old watch to a new version. Not at all necessary. The following is a comparison table.

Galaxy Watch Active
Galaxy Watch Active 2
Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE

The size
40 mm
40 mm / 44 mm
40 mm / 44 mm

Dimensions
39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5T, 25 grams
40 x 40 x 10.9T, 26g / 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 30 grams
40 x 40 x 10.9T, 37g / 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 44 grams

Housing
aluminum
aluminum
stainless steel

Display
1.1 ″
1.2 ″ / 1.4 ″
1.2 ″ / 1.4 ″

Resolution
360 x 360
360 x 360
360 x 360

CPU
Exynos 9110, 1.15GHz
Exynos 9110, 1.15GHz
Exynos 9110, 1.15GHz

Ram
768 MB
768 MB
1,5 gb

Memory
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB

Battery
230 mAh, wireless charging
247mAh / 340mAh
247mAh / 340mAh

Connection
Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b / g / n, NFC
A-GPS / GLONASS / Galileo / Beidou
Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b / g / n, NFC
A-GPS / GLONASS / Galileo / Beidou
Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b / g / n, NFC
A-GPS / GLONASS / Galileo / Beidou

Sensors
Heart Rate Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer
Heart Rate Sensor, ECG, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Light Sensor
Heart Rate Sensor, ECG, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Light Sensor

Colors
Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Marine Green
Silver, Black, Gold
Silver, Black, Gold

Other
5ATM IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
5ATM IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
5ATM IP68 / MIL-STD-810G

Price and sales

And the most interesting is the cost of the Galaxy Watch Active 2. The start of sales of the new items is scheduled for September 27. Prices are below:

Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40 mm, Bluetooth) $ 279

Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44 mm, Bluetooth) $ 299

The price of versions with LTE is not yet called.

Pre-orders will start on September 6th. Anyone making a reservation for a new device will receive a free Samsung wireless portable battery as a bonus.