Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 brings ECG tracking and LTE connectivity

Tuesday, 06 Aug, 2019

Similar to other Samsung watches, the Galaxy Watch Active2 has a rotating bezel.

If you're not familiar with the original Galaxy Active, it's a smartwatch running on Samsung's proprietary Tizen Wearable OS - you won't see Google's Wear OS here.

We liked the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active a lot, and think it's one of the best smartwatches you can now buy. Both the devices will feature super-thin bezels and Sound on Display technology.

It's also available in two styles, lightweight aluminum with a casual Fluoroelastomer Band, and premium solid stainless steel with a leather strap.

The watch has an improved optical heart rate reader with 8 LEDs for faster readings. Samsung says the app is downloadable on the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and S9+; the Note 10 and Note 10+ aren't mentioned, but we can be sure the new flagships will have support for the app out of the box.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 can track "more than 39" (40?) workouts, and there's an updated Running Coach that can check your pace in real-time. Another difference between the two sizes is that the 40mm has a 247mAh battery while the 44mm version has a 340mAh battery. Active2 comes in a 40mm option and a 44mm option. Making the renders true, the watch has Exynos 9110 chipset with 768MB of RAM.

The LTE models will feature 1.5 GB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. This version will let you handle your social networking accounts. That means you can head out for a run or even watch a YouTube video on the device itself without needing your phone anywhere in the vicinity.

As well as the usual array of sensors, the new smartwatch will also come with an Electrocardiogram (ECG) for people to keep an eye on the health of their heart.

Just like Apple Watch, the Active2 allows users to customise health-tracking services in the device, with improvements made to the range of insights available to wearers.

This will allow you to access the internet on the watch, without it having to tether to your smartphone, allowing you to make and receive calls, send messages and stream music all on the watch.