Samsung’s wearable division isn’t doing as great in the market as the mobile division is, but this isn’t deterring the company’s efforts to grab a small portion of the growing market.
At the MWC 2019, the Korean company unveiled the Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and Galaxy Watch Active to add to its growing list of wearables. The Watch Active, as the name suggests, is a smartwatch built with the rugged user in mind, boasting an IP68 and MIL-STD 810G-rated body that still keeps fashion-conscious consumers at heart, but there is more to this wearable, especially when compared to the two fitness bands.
On this page, we have everything you need to know about the Galaxy Watch Active. If you want to know about the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness bands, check out this page.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active specs
- 1.1-inch (28mm) 360x360p Full-Color AOD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15 GHz
- 768MB RAM
- 4GB internal storage
- 230mAh battery
- Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0
- Color: Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Sea Green
- Size & weight: 40mm; 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5mm; 25g
- Extras: 20mm interchangeable strap, Bluetooth®4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Heart rate monitoring, and Ambient light sensors, WPC-based wireless charging, 5ATM + IP68 dust & water resistance, MIL-STD-810G, etc.
In case you are wondering, the Galaxy Watch Active is basically a smaller, more affordable variant of the 2018 edition, a move that Samsung hopes will make the smartwatch appealing to more customers.
The Watch Active borrows a significant number of features from its more premium and older sibling, among them an AMOLED panel, a heart-rate monitor, NFC chip, in-built GPS, IP68 dust and water resistance, a multi-day battery, and support for wireless charging.
In essence, you are getting what is basically the same experience as the Galaxy Watch, but at $150 less than the asking price of the 2018 edition. It’s true the Watch Active may not tag along every other feature found in smartwatches, but for its value, you’ll struggle to find a better alternative.
The watch has a great design, robust fitness tracking, Qi wireless charging, native support for the Spotify app, and you also get Samsung Pay on board, which is just impressive.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active availability
Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch Active alongside the Galaxy S10. Similar to the latter, the former is also coming to the U.S. market. You can already pre-order the watch through Best Buy for $199.99 and in the process get a free Wireless Charging Pad. Shipping of orders will begin on the same day as the Galaxy S10 – March 8th.
You can have the Watch Active in any of Black, Green, Rose Gold and Silver paint jobs. The watch is compatible with Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM, iPhone 5 and above running iOS 9.0 or above.