Samsung has started accepting preorders for the new Galaxy watch active 2 set to be released 26th September. This new beast succeeds the quite popular Active released just barely 6 months ago. The Active 2 comes with quite handful improvements that no doubt make it a better watch.
And it comes in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm and in two materials; aluminum(non-LTE) and stainless steel with LTE supported on the stainless steel model. We bring you the full specifications and features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Full Specifications
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|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2|
|Predessesor||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active|
|Released date||September, 2019|
|Ideal for||Men (44mm)
|Display type||Super AMOLED
Full color, Always-on-display.
|Display size||1.3 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)
|Screen resolution||360 x 360 pixel|
2 physical buttons
|Dimension||44 x 44 x 10.9mm (44mm)
40 x 40 x 10.9mm (40mm)
(stainless steel 44mm)
(stainless steel 40mm)
|Casing material||Stainless steel
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass DX+|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, IP68, 5ATM
|Color(s)||Sliver, black, gold
|RAM||1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE|
|Memory card slot||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE|
|SIM slot||Yes, e-SIM|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||Tizen OS 4.0|
|CPU||Dual core 1.15GHz|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery capacity||340mAh (44mm)
|Battery life||Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
|Charging||WPC based wireless charging|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hours|
|Payment system||Samsung pay|
|Compatibility||Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
|Companion app||Samsung Gear app|
|Customizable watch face||Yes|
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 20mm|
|Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2|
|Small and large straps|
|Quick start guide|
About $300 (44mm)
Premium and Charming Design
The Galaxy active 2 has a wider display than its predecessor. It comes in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm with the former having a 1.4 inches display that let you see more, while the latter has a smaller 1.2 inches display that’s still wider than the Active.
Super AMOLED powers the display which is very interactive and lively to watch. Its touch supported plus two buttons by the sides to aid navigation.
But Samsung have reintroduced the bezel we saw in the Galaxy watch and Gear S3 models. Only that this time instead of a physical bezel, it’s a digital bezel which is very much innovative and will make navigating the Active 2 easier.
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ still covers the display just like its predecessor and as expected will make the Active 2 withstand accidental knocks, scratch resistant and certainly a more durable watch.
The Galaxy watch active 2 is very slim, although slightly thicker than its predecessor 10.5mm. But it’s still very slim when compared to industry average of 12mm. Samsung did well to reduce the weight.
The Active 2 is lightweight and is comfortable to wear all day long, although the stainless steel model is slight heavier than the aluminum model.
The stainless steel model comes in three colors; silver, black and gold, and has 20mm leather straps which are interchangeable. While the aluminum model comes in cloud silver, aqua black and pink silver, and has 20mm fluoroelastomer straps.
The watch face is interchangeable, you can choose from the many available ones. Moreover, Samsung have added My Style1 color extraction algorithm – a new feature that’s available in the Galaxy Wearable app that simply allows you take a photo of your outfit, choose from five different color patterns, and your watch face changes in seconds. This feature is only supported on android devices.
It’s pertinent to say that the smaller aluminum model without LTE support is a better choice for the gym, while the bigger stainless model with LTE supported is your perfect match for official outings
There’ll be a limited Under Armour edition that can enhance your fitness experience. It offers 6months MapMyRun MVP service and limited UA watch face to get you off on the right foot.
The Active 2 has 4GB storage capacity that allows you take your favorite files with you, although below our expectation. It also has 1.5GB RAM for the LTE version and 0.75GB for the aluminum non-LTE version.
Samsung have added some more apps on the Active 2 like the social engagement apps which allows you like posts, share post, and even a YouTube app that let you watch videos directly on the Active 2.
Water Resistance Rating
The Active 2 has a 5ATM waterproof rating which means water resistant up to 50 meters. So, its swim-proof, you can wear it to the shower, under the rain, or perhaps to the pool. However, you shouldn’t subject it to high pressure such as diving as this could damage the device.
More Than a Day Battery Life
The smaller 40mm has a smaller 247mAh battery capacity while the 44mm has a bigger 340mAh capacity which Samsung has stated will last over a day.
Since nothing has changed in the engine department as it’s same chip with same processor speed as the its predecessor, we expect the Active 2 to have just about same battery life as the Active. Although the LTE edition won’t last as long as the aluminum version.
Charging the Active 2 is very easy as it comes with a wireless magnetic charging dock that allows you to simply place it on the dock.
You can also use Wireless PowerShare on your Galaxy smartphone to charge your smartwatch in an easy and intuitive way
Samsung have added cellular connectivity feature to the Active 2 with LTE supported. Only the stainless steel model has the LTE functionality which the aluminum model lacks. This’ll allow you make and receive calls anywhere there is network coverage with a supported network provider.
Samsung had stated that the Galaxy Watch Active2 LTE edition will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon starting September 27, 2019
The Active 2 is a comprehensive fitness tracker with quiet a lot new fitness tracking additions. Just like its predecessor, the Active 2 is well equipped to track your active life. But it has more features that include improved heart rate sensor, addition of swimming to the auto track feature, addition of running programs and ECG tracking. This off course makes it a comprehensive fitness tracker.
With a curved design back, the Active 2 improved 8 photodiodes sit well in contact with your skin to give you more accurate reading that can help you know when to tone the exercise up or down.
The Active was able to auto track 6 activities out of the 39 preloaded sport modes, but the new Active 2 is able to auto detect and track 7 of those 39 with swimming added. Auto tracked activities include running, walking, cycling indoor or outdoor, elliptical, rowing and dynamic workout, while the remaining are manually activated.
Running programs have also been added which can help you manage your running pace in realtime.
With ECG tracking on the Active 2 you can take ECG test right from your wrist this can help you detect atrial fibrillation, a form of irregular heart rhythm.
The Active 2 can also help you manage stress, sleep quality and many more.
The Active 2 with Bluetooth and WiFi is well equipped to keep you connected to all that matters to you. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices which when successfully connected will notify you when there’s a new notification on your phone.
NFC is onboard to support Samsung pay – a contactless payment system that lets you make payment on the go right from the Active 2.
You can as well use the Active 2 to control features on your Galaxy phone like control the camera, take pictures or record a video.