Samsung’s latest smartwatch is finally official. Visually, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks like the original Watch Active, except for a few changes. Just like earlier models, you may navigate, using the useful mechanical rotating bezels. But now, the thin black bezel is finally touch-sensitive and with it, you can emulate the function of the mechanical rotating bezel. The device has an intuitive haptic feedback, when you swipe across its edge. There are two versions of Watch Active 2, one is 44mm and another 40mm in diameter. The more affordable version of Watch Active 2 has lightweight aluminium frame, while a premium version uses stainless steel casing and leather strap. It is possible to change the color of the watch face to match your outfit.
An important feature is electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor that detects the activity of your heart. It’s the same feature you can find in the latest Apple Watch model. However, this feature is still dormant in Watch Active 2 and Samsung may enable it via future software updates. The Watch Active 2 is an activity-centric device that can track 39 types of physical activities, including walking, running, swimming, cycling, elliptical machine and towing machine. Samsung claims that sensors of the device is better and can read information much faster. With built-in 4G LTE connectivity, the Watch Active 2 is a more independent device and you don’t need to pair it with a smartphone to transfer data. To supplement its functionality, the Watch Active 2 supports 16 different languages.
The device has 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 SoC, 768MB of RAM for non-LTE version, 1.5GB of RAM for LTE version and 4GB of internal storage. The 44mm version has 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display, while the 40mm version sports a smaller 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display. Both displays have 360 x 360 pixels resolution with Gorilla Glass DX+ protection.