Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 on wrist 1

Update: August 7, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. ET: During the Galaxy Note 10 unveiling, Samsung also introduced another variant of the Galaxy Watch Active 2. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour Edition costs $309 and has Bluetooth (no LTE), as well as some pre-loaded software that integrates with Under Armour’s fitness ecosystem.

With that additional $30 upcharge, Samsung is throwing in a six-month membership to Under Armour’s MVP version of MapMyRun, which normally costs $6 a month. It also comes with the MapMyRun app built in, along with support for UA’s Hovr shoes.


Original article: August 5, 2019 at 10 a.m. ET: It wasn’t long ago that Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active — the sporty version of last year’s Galaxy Watch. Today, the company is announcing a minor refresh to its smartwatch lineup with the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, this time with LTE support and a few under-the-hood changes that might actually tear you away from that Fitbit or Apple Watch.

One of the biggest omissions from the Galaxy Watch Active was the lack of a rotating bezel. That convenient way of navigating around the UI was actually a nice selling point for the Galaxy Watch and Gear smartwatches before it. Thankfully, Samsung listened to feedback and included an improved version of that rotating bezel on the Watch Active 2. The new smartwatch features a digital touch-enabled bezel, allowing you to scroll between different pages of the UI by swiping around the watch’s bezel. This makes a huge difference when you’re trying to scroll through things on a tiny display. 

Also read: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review | Samsung Galaxy Fit review

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two models: Bluetooth-only and Bluetooth+LTE. There’s no word yet as to which carriers will sell the Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE, but whatever carrier you’re on, you’ll be able to make and receive phone calls and send texts right from your wrist without the need to be connected to your smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 on table 1

While you’re out and about, free from being tethered to your smartphone, you can take advantage of some of the Galaxy Watch Active 2’s new software features. Now, the smartwatch supports real-time voice and text translation in over 16 languages, and gives you the ability to respond to tweets on Twitter, or watch video clips on the watch. These are niche features for sure, but they could be handy in a pinch.

Samsung is also launching a new way to customize your watch face. Using the My Style color extraction app (available in the Galaxy Wearable app), users will be able to take a photo of their outfit, choose their favorite colors from their outfit, and create a watch face based around that color scheme.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 users will also be able to listen to music on their watches with Spotify. This is certainly good news for Samsung’s wearable ecosystem, as Spotify is one of the most popular music services in the world.

This is an active watch after all, so you can expect the same core feature set as you’d get on the first Galaxy Watch Active. That means it can track over 39 workouts, and offers stress tracking with guided meditation, sleep analysis, and an improved Running Coach feature for monitoring real-time pace metrics.

We're hoping fitness tracking and blood pressure monitoring will be improved this time around.

When we reviewed the Galaxy Watch Active, we had a few gripes. Fitness tracking and blood pressure monitoring was pretty inaccurate, and the watch didn’t support MST payments with Samsung Pay. We’ve reached out to Samsung to learn more about these features on the Watch Active 2 and will update this article as we learn more.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 specs:

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Bluetooth)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (LTE)
Display44mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED
360 x 360 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

40mm:1.2-inch Super AMOLED
360 x 360 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
44mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED
360 x 360 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

40mm:1.2-inch Super AMOLED
360 x 360 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Strap44mm models: 20mm interchangeable
40mm models: 20mm interchangeable
44mm models: 20mm interchangeable
40mm models: 20mm interchangeable
ChipsetDual-core Exynos 9110 at 1.15GHzDual-core Exynos 9110 at 1.15GHz
RAM768MB1.5GB
Storage4GB4GB
Battery44mm models: 340mAh
40mm models: 247mAh
WPC-based wireless charging
44mm models: 340mAh
40mm models: 247mAh
WPC-based wireless charging
Durability5ATM
IP68
MIL-STD-810G
5ATM
IP68
MIL-STD-810G
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi b/g/n
NFC
A-GPS/Glonass/Beidou
LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi b/g/n
NFC
A-GPS/Glonass/Beidou
SensorsHeart rate
Electrocardiogram
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
Ambient light
Heart rate
Electrocardiogram
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
Ambient light
SoftwareTizenTizen
CompatibilityAndroid: 5.0 or higher, RAM 1.5GB and above
iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above
Android: 5.0 or higher, RAM 1.5GB and above
iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above
Dimensions and weightAluminum 44mm: 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 30g
Aluminum 40mm: 40 x 40 x 10.9T, 26g

Stainless steel 44mm: 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 44g
Stainless steel 40mm: 40 x 40 x 10.9T, 37g
Stainless steel 44mm: 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 44g
Stainless steel 40mm: 40 x 40 x 10.9T, 37g
ColorsAluminum: Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, Pink Gold with Fluoroelastomer (FKM)

Stainless steel: Silver, Black, Gold with Leather strap
Aluminum: Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, Pink Gold with Fluoroelastomer (FKM)

Stainless steel: Silver, Black, Gold with Leather strap

Interested? You can pre-order your own Galaxy Watch Active 2 starting Friday, September 6 on Samsung.com and through other retailers. The 40mm Bluetooth model costs $279.99, while the bigger 44mm model costs $299.99. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE will cost $429.

All Galaxy Watch Active 2 models officially go on sale Friday, September 27 on Samsung.com and other retailers. If you pre-order between September 6-26 through Samsung.com, you’ll be eligible for a free Wireless Charger Portable Battery.

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