Galaxy Watch Active 2 has an ECG feature, still cheaper than the Apple Watch

CNET | 8/5/2019 | Scott Stein
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Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch just six months after the Galaxy Watch Active was released at the Galaxy S10 event in February and two days before its expected Note 10 launch event. It's not common to get a sequel the same year as the original, but Samsung is bending the rules. Just like the company's Note phone and Galaxy S phones have two different launch cycles, so too do Samsung's watches. The Active 2 may cost $80 more that the first-gen Galaxy Watch Active ($279 for the cheapest 40mm non-LTE version vs $199 for the original), but it definitely seems like the better deal. Though they look similar, the Active 2 has more features. It has new ECG (which isn't medically cleared yet), improved heart rate and an accelerometer, there's an LTE option (price pending) and it brings back the spinning outer dial that we loved on older Galaxy watches. But in this watch it's a haptic-response touch bezel instead of a physical one.

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The newest Active watch goes on sale Sept. 27, likely right up against the next expected Apple Watch, and Samsung will continue to sell the discounted Active until further notice.

Watch this: What it's like to wear Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active...

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The Watch Active 2 is a bit bigger and thicker than the Watch Active, but it now comes in two sizes: a 40mm ($280) and 44mm ($300). It still manages to be more compact than the 2018 Galaxy Watch, which Samsung is also going to keep selling alongside these models. It comes in black, silver, gold and "lily gold," which replaces the green option in the previous model. You'll also have the choice between an aluminum frame with rubber straps or a stainless steel frame with leather straps.

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