“The Galaxy Watch Active looks quite nice, and packs in a ton of features”
Samsung kicked off its Unpacked 2019 event in San Francisco with an elaborate teaser of its foldable smartphone, aptly dubbed the Galaxy Fold. The device demo video drew quite a few oohs and aahs from the audience, after which they got to feast their eyes on the new S10 family of flagships. Also unveiled on stage were a bunch of new wearables, including the stylish Galaxy Watch Active, which is basically a fitness-oriented smartwatch. Let’s take a closer look at the new wearable.
The Galaxy Watch Active will be available in range of colours (silver, black, rose gold and sea green), and comes with a 40mm circular case that looks quite minimalistic. Paired with a matching rubber strap, the lightweight watch looks more elegant than sporty if you ask us, but the 20mm bands are interchangeable, so you can change the look as per your preferences. Two buttons on the right help in menu navigation and accessing watch functions.
The 360 x 360 colour AMOLED display is touch enabled and looks gorgeous, and comes layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. As far as the specs are concerned, the watch is powered by an Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15GHz processor, and features 768MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. For connectivity, there’s Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, and the sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate monitor, and an ambient light sensor. The 230mAh battery can be juiced up wirelessly, and just in case you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy S10 series smartphone, you can even charge the Watch Active using your phone… all thanks to the reverse wireless charging feature offered by the new phones. The Galaxy Watch Active is IP68 rated, and can be taken for a swim too. What’s more, it even conforms to MIL-STD-810G standards for durability.
The Galaxy Watch Active runs Wizen-based Wearable OS 4.0, and boasts a ton of fitness features. The device can monitor physical activity, sleep, stress and as per Samsung, takes a holistic approach to monitoring your health. It can auto detect exercise, and also supports manual input for activities for you to set your goals and monitor progress. Thanks to an app developed by University of California, San Francisco, the Watch Active can even monitor blood pressure. The Stress Tracker helps keep your stress levels in check, a handy feature to have given the super hectic schedules many of us have these days. There’s support for third-party apps as well, including Under Armour, Spotify and Strava, and Bixby voice input enables you to make calls or send messages using just your voice.
Clearly, there’s a lot on offer here, and we can vouch for the fact that the Watch Active looks quite stylish, offers smooth menu navigation, and seems light enough to be worn for extended periods of time without causing fatigue. No news yet on its pricing or availably in India, but we do know that the Galaxy S10 range is reaching our shores soon, and hopefully, Samsung will bring the Watch Active to the country at the same time. Meanwhile, here are some more images of the new wearable for you to feast your eyes upon.