Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 goes official with digital bezel, ECG sensor

Peter, 05 August 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 drops the physical rotating bezel in favor of a digital one. The revamped OneUI now uses a virtual bezel on the Super AMOLED display, a design that maximizes the screen real estate on your wrist. For comparison, the 44mm version has a larger screen than the 46mm Galaxy Watch.

The Watch Active2 comes in two sizes – 40mm and 44mm – and two styles. You can have a casual version with a lightweight aluminum body and an FKM wrist strap or a premium stainless steel watch body with a leather strap.

In both cases you can swap the strap with any standard 20mm band. You can even color coordinate the watch face with your clothes - just snap a photo of your outfit using the new My Style feature of the Galaxy Wearables app.

 44mm stainless steel Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2: 44mm stainless steel

The watch has an improved optical heart rate reader with 8 LEDs for faster readings. This new model also gains an electrocardiogram feature (ECG). As the name suggests, this watch is geared towards exercise, but also wellness and sleep.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 can track 39 different types of workouts, some of which have sub-categories. For example, the updated Running Coach has 7 different modes with real-time tracking (helped by GPS, a barometer and accelerometer).

The watch boasts up to 5ATM water resistance (and IP68), making it suitable for swimming. It can take a few knocks too (it’s MIL-STD-810G rated) and features Gorilla Glass DX+ to protect the screen.

 40mm aluminum Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2: 40mm aluminum

The Calm app offers guided meditation programs and sleep tracking (it’s available in English, Spanish and German). The watch can also keep track of your stress levels.

Both sizes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 have a Super AMOLED screen with 360 x 360px resolution. The 40mm version has a 1.2” display, the 44mm goes for a 1.4” screen. The watch is powered by the Exynos 9110 chipset with 768MB of RAM and it runs Tizen OS.

There’s an LTE version with 1.5GB of RAM (available only in stainless steel), which allows you to stay up to date with your social networking accounts. You can read, reply to and like tweets from the watch itself and watch videos. There’s also real-time voice and text translation in over 16 languages.

You can listen to music on the go thank to Samsung’s partnership with Spotify. You just need to sign into your Samsung account and start listening. The watch can also be used as a camera remote for your Samsung Galaxy flagship (S9, Note9 or S10).

You’ll find other features from the Samsung ecosystem, including Samsung Health, Smart Things, Pay and Bixby.

We have some bad news - you'll have to wait until September 6 to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 and until the 26th to receive yours. As for prices, the aluminum version costs $280 for the 40mm size and $300 for the 44mm version. Note that pre-ordering nets you a free Wireless Charger Portable Battery.

The price for the stainless steel version is still TBA. In the USA, it will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon starting September 27, 2019.


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A fitness focussed watch relying on capacitive input for most of the UI. This is just stupid. The mechanical rotating bezel is much better. Whether your hands are wet (sweat or water), have gloves on, or want easier control while moving/tired, phy...

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Anonymous46c06 Aug 2019 Wow, comparing this to original Galaxy Watch, this is one hell of an ugly one with black bezels. And really dumb watch too as it has much smaller battery with larger display (and more pixelated as it's same resolution). ...

A leaked render of Pixel 4 showed 2 holes for Soli so it might need a couple of sensors and is almost impossibl for a smartwatch and 16GB is imo more than necessary as WearOS is far behind WatchOS in apps