Samsung is taking every measure not to let the Galaxy Note10 get overshadowed by the concurrent launch of other products at the Galaxy Unpacked event scheduled on August 7. To that end, the South Korean tech giant launched the Galaxy Tab S6 last week and now it has unveiled its much-talked-about Galaxy Watch Active 2 right ahead of the launch of the Galaxy Note10.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a mid-year upgrade to the Galaxy Watch Active which was launched in March this year. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes with LTE support, digital rotating bezel, and the much-expected ECG feature.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 brings back the rotating bezel from the original Galaxy Watch which the Galaxy Watch Active had skipped. However, the rotating bezel in the Watch Active 2 is not physically controlled unlike the case with the Galaxy Watch.
It is a touch-based digital rotating bezel that can be rotated clockwise and anti-clockwise to navigate through the One UI interface which offers simple, clear, and natural user experience for navigation.
Another real worthy addition is the Electrocardiogram (ECG) feature which has already been popularized by the Apple Watch 4. The ECG feature on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will allow users to monitor the rhythm and electrical activity of their heart.
With regards to other fitness features, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 can track more than 39 workouts out of which seven are tracked automatically, including running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing machine, elliptical machine, and dynamic workout.
Other than Wi-Fi connectivity, the Watch Active 2 will also be available with LTE connectivity for getting full functionality on the go without having to tether it to a smartphone.
The Watch Active 2 is powered by the 1.15GHz Exynos processor paired with 768MB RAM or 1.5MB RAM for the LTE version. Both the version packs 4GB RAM internal storage. On the software side of things, the Watch Active 2 boots Samsung’s in-house Tizen operating system with Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC support.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two sizes such as 40mm and 44mm models. The former has 1.2-inch 360×360 Super AMOLED display with 247mAh battery backup while the latter one flaunts a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display and makes use of a bigger 340mAh battery.
10.9mm thick Galaxy Watch Active 2 is compatible with 20mm straps and will be available in two finishes such as aluminum with Fluoroelastomer (FKM) band and a stainless steel band with a leather strap.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is already up for preorder in the US ahead of its release on September 27. The Bluetooth variant of 40mm size is priced at USD279.99 and the 44mm size model costs USD299.99. Those who preorder are eligible for a power bank cum wireless charger free of cost. So far, the availability details of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in other regions remain unrevealed.