Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 coming to T-Mobile with rotating touch bezel and built-in LTE

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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.

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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.

Source: Samsung

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  • G1andonly

    Does it have MST or just NFC. My gear S3 is amazing working at places my phone won’t even work like parking terminal at the beach

    • meh…

      Galaxy Watches have NFC but NO MST.

  • JJ

    No MST, no sale. My s3 is used almost everywhere that my 6t cannot pay with just NFC. Don’t know why Samsung is doing this. They solely own this tech and are refusing to use it and stand apart from other manufacturers.

    • Where does it indicate no MST?

      • JJ

        From the info on the article, there is no mention of MST. It says everything else that’s on it. And the latest Galaxy watch didn’t have mst and this is under the Galaxy watch in specs. It would be great if they left this info out but from I’ve seen on other sites it doesn’t look like it has MST.

        • I mean, doesn’t having Samsung Pay imply MST?

        • JJ

          Samsung pay is the samsung mobile payment system, nfc and mst the hardware that works with this system. It will work with both nfc and mst. Starting with the Galaxy watch, Samsung removed the mst hardware and only included nfc. Either to save room or push people to use their phones with mst if they needed it. I currently use Samsung pay on my one plus 6t with my samsung gear s3. I also use Android pay with the phones nfc chip.

        • I had no idea it was taken off of Galaxy watches. I too use it on my watch and my OnePlus 7 Pro. I lost all my reward points when I changed phones and before it was available on my watch. I asked Samsung to restore them. They laughed. I hate those guys!

        • JJ

          Same thing happened to me. Samsung pay on the watch app is not linked to the one on the phone when it comes to the Samsung MasterCard that is from the rewards. I had $10 on my phone that didn’t transfer.

        • They don’t make it easy to overpay for their wares.

      • Joshua Allen

        All versions of the Galaxy Watch lineup only use NFC and do not use MST. It’s one of the main reasons so many people still use the Gear S3 and don’t upgrade.

        • I didn’t know that – thank you!

          Guess I’ll stick with my Gear S3.

    • Joshua Allen

      I ALWAYS use MST payments with either my watch or phone, but my s3 stopped charging on Sunday and T-Mobile didn’t have any S3s to warranty it out with, so they sent me a Galaxy watch. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to be receiving an “upgrade” lol.

  • V2THE1

    MST allows me to run with no phone and pay on the lakefront in Chicago. These can’t replace my Gear S3.

  • Loganopterix

    As much as I tried to tolerate tizen, I cannot. I’m never going back to the Galaxy watches. Matter of fact last year’s Galaxy watch was such a glitchy POS I went back to my Fitbit charge 2

    • …and I feel the opposite. So much more functionality in tizen than wear (IMHO). BUT, no MST, no purchase for me. Although I don’t see where it says no MST.

      • Loganopterix

        Hey if it works for you I’m happy for ya honestly. I have yet to really find a smartwatch I like without issues

      • Alize Jen Alfonso Martinez

        Exactly, Tizen although limited in app availability is much better than any other Watch OS for Android and matches/surpasses what Apple offers for iphones.

  • What a waste of $300+
    I got my Moto 360 Sport for only $110. Thats bout my limit FOR A WATCH when my phone already does everything this watch can do :P

    • meh…

      Great, what about those updates?

      • It has the latest version of WearOS …

        • meh…

          How? By sideloading it? If that’s the case, how did you go about it?

        • No, its officially updated from the WearOS app

        • meh…

          Huh. My Fossil Sport took months to get the update for Wear OS to get up to date. I guess if they’re still supporting that watch, I withdraw my previous objection since Motorola hasn’t put out a new watch in a long time. I almost bought a Moto360 on their final version but didn’t because of a lack of NFC.

  • James Symmonds

    Got tired of waiting for updates to Android on Samsung phones a while ago. And since their watches don’t want to use standard Google apps such as Google Pay (Samsung Pay doesn’t support a lot of people’s banks yet it seems) or Google Assistant and want you to use a Samsung phone to get the LTE features, their watches are a no go. Really wish TicWatch could have gotten their act together on their newest watch and brought it out with more than just delayed Verizon support. Smart Watches for Android phones just seem to be a complete disaster.

    • Samsung Pay doesn’t support a lot of people’s banks? News to me.

  • Joshua Allen

    The pricing that you listed is incorrect. That is the Bluetooth only prices; the LTE price has not been announced yet.

  • Marcelo Portillo

    Hope the buy 1 get 2 promotion for this

  • Landon Affo

    How do you know it’s coming to T-Mobile? Their website still does not mention it.

  • Debo Jenkins

    Still nothing from tmo about this ;( anyone have details?

    • kc

      I was wondering the same thing and came here to look :(

      • Debo Jenkins

        Just found out the LTE version is on hold. Samsung is having issues with battery life!

        • kc

          Thanks for the info! It’s annoying but at least I know why now.

        • Debo Jenkins

          Coming to TMO this friday!!

  • Debo Jenkins

    What is going on?!? Still no word on the LTE version. Does anyone have some solid info on a release date? Why is everyone so quite about this?

  • Debo Jenkins

    Looks like Tmo is releasing it THIS FRIDAY!!! Bout time, Can’t wait!!