Samsung today announced a new smartwatch, and it’s coming to T-Mobile.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is now official, and one of its big upgrades is a rotating touch bezel. Rather than physically rotating the bezel to navigate the software like you do on some of Samsung’s past smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has you rotate your finger clockwise and counter-clockwise on the display to move through Samsung’s Tizen-based OS.
The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, and there are two styles of each: an aluminum model with a Fluoroelastomer (FKM) Band and a stainless steel version with a leather band. Both versions come with a 20mm interchangeable strap so that you can swap to a band that best fits your style.
The 40mm version of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is equipped with a 1.2-inch 360×360 Super AMOLED display, while the 44mm watch gets a 1.4-inch 360×360 Super AMOLED screen. Both have full color Always On Display and Gorilla Glass DX+. Another difference between the two sizes is that the 40mm has a 247mAh battery while the 44mm version has a 340mAh battery.
There are several shared features of the two watch sizes, like the 1.15GHz dual-core Exynos 9110 processor that’s in both models and the 4GB of storage. Both watches also have Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, heart rate monitoring, ECG, an ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer, too.
Samsung has loaded the Galaxy Watch Active 2 with its Tizen OS. Included is a Samsung Health app that can track more than 39 workouts using the new health sensors on the watch that take in readings about your performance faster. The watch can also track your stress levels in real-time and perform sleep analysis algorithms. Samsung Pay and Bixby are included as well, and when paired with a Samsung phone, you can use your Galaxy Watch Active 2 to snap photos, record video, set a photo timer, and more.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available in Bluetooth and LTE models, the latter of which will launch at T-Mobile as well as AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Pre-orders will begin on September 6 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will launch on September 27. Customers who pre-order will get a free Wireless Charger Portable Battery.
Pricing for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will start at $279.99 for the 40mm watch and $299.99 for the 44mm version.