Galaxy Watch Active 2: Samsung refines the smartwatch

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Actually, the Galaxy Watch Active is not yet ready for the sidelines, because it was only introduced with the Galaxy S10 models. But apparently, Samsung has seen room for improvement and is sending the Galaxy Watch Active 2 into bat in a bid to become for the best smartwatch of 2019 shortly before the presentation of the Galaxy Note10.

With the Galaxy Watch Active (the first generation), Samsung said goodbye to a unique feature in the smartwatch world: the bezel, a rotating ring with which you could scroll through the menus. The bezel has not been completely abolished, but instead of a mechanical one there has only been a digital version since the beginning of 2019. Samsung continues on this path, and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is still be operated with a digital bezel.

Galaxy Watch Active2 Aluminum 40mm
The aluminium version is available in these three colours. / © Samsung

The display of the second-generation Active smartwatch has been improved. Instead of the small 1.1-inch AMOLED panel, there is now a 1.2 or 1.4-inch rounded display. The bezels around the screen also become narrower compared to the predecessor. Nevertheless, the 1.4-inch display cannot be squeezed into a 40 mm case, so the Galaxy Active 2 will now be available in two sizes. In addition to the 40 mm housing, there is also the 44 mm variant. Samsung also offers two material options for each of the two case sizes. It becomes more favourable if you take the alumnium variant, because the price difference to the stainless steel variant is at least $100. Also a Galaxy Watch Active 2 with LTE is offered this time. These are only available in stainless steel with an additional surcharge of $50. For a better overview of all of the prices of the different Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 models. The prices given here are confirmed for Europe. We will update this article as soon as we have US pricing on these new smartwatches.

Prices and Models

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Model EIA
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Aluminium 40mm 299 Euros
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Aluminium 44mm 319 Euros
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Stainless Steel 40mm 399 Euros
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Stainless Steel 44mm 419 Euros
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Stainless Steel 40mm LTE 449 Euros
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Stainless Steel 44mm LTE 469 Euros

All aluminum models are shipped with a plastic bracelet. The more expensive stainless steel models are shipped with a leather strap.

The features of the Tizen-equipped smartwatch remain the same as with the first generation Galaxy Watch Active, only that Samsung has improved the sensors so that now faster and more accurate readings can be recorded and in addition, Samsung now also offers an electrocardiogram, as in Apple's Watch Series 4, on the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

Galaxy Watch Active2 Stainless Steel 44mm
The Galaxy Watch 2 with stainless steel case and leather strap is a bit more expensive. / © Samsung

Preorders and expected delivery

Samsung will launch the Galaxy Watch Active 2 on September 6 and September 27 for the LTE version at the above-mentioned prices. From August 8th the Watch Active 2 can be pre-ordered. Registered pre-orderers will also receive a Wireless Charger Duo Pad in black, available until 17 October, so that they can charge the smartwatch and their Samsung smartphone wirelessly.

Are you excited about this smartwatch? Let us know in the comments below.

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Since 1999, Shu has written about the colorful world of IT and telecommunications. His career started as a presenter at the five-hour TV show NBC GIGA, which led him through several career stages until he finally joined the AndroidPIT team in May of 2015. His passion for mobile devices and gadgets knows no boundaries. Whether Android, iOS or Windows, Shu feels at home with any OS.

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  • Rusty H. Aug 7, 2019 Link to comment

    Will be interesting to see if they do the same, when they refresh the Gear Frontier watch. (I have the 3 version). I really like the rotating bezel feature of the Gear 3 Frontier.

  • Chris Laarman Aug 5, 2019 Link to comment

    I'm not at all excited. This smartwatch seems to be even more about looks than the Apple Watch. Round display, so I'm off already. Tizen, I can't remember having read about any app, let alone a killer app. I'm sticking with Wear OS for the companions of my Android smartphones (and Apple Watches as companions for my iPhones).