Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth Compared

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth Compared

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Just in case you’re wondering what’s the difference between the Active 2’s LTE and Bluetooth models, this post outlines the differences between the Bluetooth and LTE models of the Galaxy Active 2. The Active 2 succeeds the Active, and is now more equipped and stylish than its predecessor. It’s available in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm, and both comes in Bluetooth and LTE models. However, in this comparison, we compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth models specs and features, so you know the differences between these two.

For the record, both the Bluetooth and LTE version of the Active 2 have same appearance. Both also have same fitness tracking features and share a lot other features in common. The main difference between these two is highlighted below.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth Specs Compared

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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Price:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (LTE)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Bluetooth)
Device typeClassic/Fitness/
Standalone smartwatch
Classic/Fitness/
Standalone smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor----
Released dateSeptember, 2019September, 2019
Ideal forWomenWomen

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Super AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
Display size1.2 inch
1.2 inch
Screen resolution360 x 360 pixel360 x 360 pixel
Density----
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension40 x 40 x 10.9 mm
40 x 40 x 10.9 mm
Weight37 grams
(without straps)
26 grams
(without straps)
Casing materialStainless steelAluminum
Strap/band materialLeather Fluoroelastomer
Bezel Material Ceramics Ceramics
Strap size20mm20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 4Corning Gorilla glass 4
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Sliver, black, gold Cloud-silver, aqua-black, pink-gold

MEMORY

RAM1.5GB (LTE)0.75GB (non-LTE)
Internal storage4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v5.0 LEBluetooth smart v5.0 LE
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology2G/3G/4G
(stainless steel)
No
SIM slotYes, e-SIMNo
BandGSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5
--

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Weather forecastYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Distance coveredYesYes
Steps climbedYesYes
CaloriesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYes
Magnetometer --
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
BarometerYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Other sensorsECGECG

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Tizen OS 4.0
ChipsetExynos 9110Exynos 9110
CPUDual core 1.15GHzDual core 1.15GHz
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 247mAh247mAh
Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
ChargingWPC based wireless chargingWPC based wireless charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemSamsung paySamsung pay
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Companion appSamsung Gear appSamsung Gear app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
(LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
(Bluetooth)
Small and large strapsSmall and large straps
Wireless chargerWireless charger
Quick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated Price(LTE)
About $300
(Bluetooth)
About $250

What’s the Difference?

The main difference between the Active 2 Bluetooth and LTE model is that the later ships with e-SIM that enables cellular connectivity which the former lacks, and the LTE model has a stainless steel case and weighs a little more than the Bluetooth model with aluminum case.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth Features Compared

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Design

  2. These two models have same design and appearance, no difference. It’s same very slim, stylish, classy and sleek smartwatches with the introduction of the digital rotating bezel that makes navigating these two a lot easier. While not forgetting, you can now customize the watch face simple by taking a picture of what you’re putting on, and in seconds the watch face matches your outlook. A great way to define your style for any occasion.

    However, while the LTE model comes in a stainless steel case, the Bluetooth model is made of aluminum case material which makes it very lightweight, it weighs slightly less than the LTE model, and that makes it a more comfortable wear all day long. Although, the LTE model is also lightweight.

    Moreover, while the Bluetooth model comes with fluoroelastomer straps, the LTE models ships with leather straps which makes it a more classic wear compared to the Bluetooth model that’s rather sporty. Although, the straps are interchangeable, you can choose to change it anytime and its compatible with 20mm straps.

    There’s also difference in the available colors, while the Bluetooth model is available in cloud-silver, aqua-black and pink-gold, the LTE model is available in sliver, black and gold.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Memory

  4. There’s a difference in the allocated RAM sizes, while the Bluetooth model houses 0.768GB RAM size, the LTE model houses 1.5GB RAM. Although, this would not mean a difference in performance when you consider the cellular connectivity feature of the LTE model. So, performance remains optimum as experienced on the Bluetooth model.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Cellular Connectivity

  6. The main difference between the LTE and Bluetooth model is the standalone features of the LTE model which the Bluetooth model lacks. The LTE model with e-SIM enables cellular connectivity features that allow you make and receive calls directly from this device independent of your phone which off course makes it a more comprehensive smartwatch.

    Although, the Bluetooth model with microphone and loudspeaker will allow you make and receive calls directly from the watch via Bluetooth calling, but watch must be connected to phone Bluetooth.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Fitness Tracking

  8. There’s no difference in the fitness tracking capabilities of these two, each is equipped to track your active life comprehensively. Both houses multiple sensors, upgraded 8-photodiode heart rate sensor for improved and more accurate heart rate tracking, complete sleep cycle tracking, running coach with swimming added to make it 7 auto tracked sport modes out of 39 preloaded sport modes. ECG tracking has also been added, joining the likes of Apple Watch Series 5 with same feature.

  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Battery Life

Battery capacity is same on both models. Although with cellular connectivity features active on the LTE model, it’s expected to have a shorter battery life compared to the Bluetooth model. Otherwise, it’s same battery life for both models.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Which is Better?

Both the LTE and Bluetooth models are great choices, outstanding in design, features and impressive long battery life. However, the standalone LTE model being a more comprehensive smartwatch is clearly a better choice.

Although, the Bluetooth model is cheaper, it weighs slightly less which makes it a more comfortable wear, and as well is able to make and receive calls directly from the watch via Bluetooth calling. It’s a great bargain, and if you’re low on budget, it’s no doubt a fantastic choice.

Our Pick

I choose the Bluetooth model.

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