Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 builds on the successful new breed of Watch Active launched last May with new features and refinements.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 will arrive in Australia on 8 October in two sizes – 40 and 44mm and LTE/Wi-Fi/BT/NFC/GPS capable. The lower cost BT version comes in 44mm only.

Garry McGregor, Vice-President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia, said

“Wearable growth is skyrocketing as more Australians adopt wearable technology to complement and empower their daily lives. Devices, in turn, have evolved significantly to respond to changing needs and expectations.”

“Australians want devices that enhance their lifestyle and their personal style. The Galaxy Watch Active2 LTE offers true stand-alone connectivity with innovative functionality and holistic health management in a stylish and feature-packed design. From tracking wellness routines to providing smartphone-free access to music on the go, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 delivers the latest wearable innovations with a premium design and finish at an accessible price point across the range.”

The Galaxy Watch Active2 is more than a typical smartwatch.

 The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is more like a smartphone with a 30/34mm round Super AMOLED touch screen and a new faux ‘rotating-bezel’ with haptic feedback. It is capable of running a huge range of health, wellness and music apps. It also measures heart rate (via a new eight diode system), Electrocardiogram (ECG), sleep measurement, steps and stress levels.

Galaxy Watch Active2

The 4G LTE version can make and receive calls or SMS and access mobile broadband (apps include social media feeds, videos and even real-time translation). It has an eSIM that can use a single phone number share with your smartphone. Only Telstra, Optus and Vodafone post-paid plans offer this for around $5 extra per month.

Improved Samsung Health

The Galaxy Watch Active2 has more sensors to automatically track seven typical workouts, including running, walking, cycling, rowing machine, elliptical machine, swimmin and dynamic. It can also manually track another 32 workouts. The updated Running Coach monitor your real-time running pace with seven different goal-orientated running programs.

Galaxy Watch Active2

Real-time stress measurement via Calm – a guided meditation program – along with a leading four-stage sleep measurement monitoring aids night recovery.

It is all about providing users with actionable insights that can help you make positive lifestyle choices in your diet, exercise, mental health, sleep and more. Samsung makes it clear that it is not a medical or therapeutic grade measurement – it’s a guide to better wellness.

Other features

Both models have 4GB of storage (about 1.5GB free) to store music and will pair with BT headphones.

It also is part of the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem, meaning it can use Samsung Pay (NFC) and Bixby voice assistance (not Google) can navigate the watch features.

It has WPC based wireless charging (not Qi), so it needs the charging base (supplied), or it can use the reverse charging feature of the Galaxy S10-series.

WPC charge

My Style colour extraction algorithm can use an Android smartphone to take a photo of your outfit, choose from five different colour patterns change the watch face to match your personal style.

My Style Faces

It is IP68 and waterproof to 5ATM (50 metres) and MIL-STD-810G rugged.

Target Market

The round Galaxy Active2 is more subtle and svelte than the larger and heavier Samsung Galaxy Watch. It also has later sensor technology than the Galaxy Active. It targets more of a health and wellness, fashion demographic.

Specifications: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Category Feature
Colour Aluminium frame: Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, Pink Gold with Fluoroelastomer (FKM)
Stainless Steel frame: Silver, Black, Gold with Leather strap
Dimensions & Weight Aluminum – 44mm: 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 30g
Aluminum – 40mm: 40 x 40 x 10.9T, 26g
Stainless Steel – 44mm: 44 x 44 x 10.9T, 44g
Stainless Steel – 40mm: 40 x 40 x 10.9T, 37g
LTE model only available in Stainless Steel
Display 44mm: 1.4-inch (34mm) 360 x 360 Super AMOLED, full-colour Always-On-Display, Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
40mm: 1.2-inch (30mm) as above
Strap 20mm interchangeable (both models)
Battery 44mm: 340mAh
40mm: 247mAh
Chipset Exynos 9110 Dual-core 1.15 GHz
OS Tizen
Memory BT: 768MB + 4GB
LTE: 1.5GB + 4GB
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC,
A-GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/Beidou
LTE connectivity only available in LTE models
Sensor Heart Rate Monitoring (with 8 Photodiodes), Electrocardiogram (ECG), Accelerometer (measure up to 32g of force), Gyroscope, Barometer, Ambient Light
Charge WPC-based wireless charging
Durability 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
Compatibility  Android: Android 5.0 or higher, RAM 1.5GB or above iOS: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above
Price 44mm LTE in black or gold $799
40mm LTE in black or gold $749
44mm BT in black or gold $549
Global website https://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-watch-active2/

Val Quinn was a guest of Samsung at the Unpacked event in New York.