Samsung Galaxy Watch Active's answer to Apple Watch Activity Rings shown off

Is there anything else left to leak out about Samsung's next smartwatch?
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Those Samsung Galaxy Watch Active leaks just keep coming and now it looks like we have our first glimpse at the new user interface and more details on some of the fitness tracking and sports tracking features we can expect.

Courtesy of Sammobile, who claim to have these details from an anonymous tip, we get to see how the software on the Watch Active will look when it finally gets officially unveiled.

The latest images show a range of different watch faces and data screens showcasing Samsung's One UI, a user interface usually found on Samsung's smartphones. So, while we'd still expect it to be running on Tizen, this could mean a change in terms of the way Samsung's own operating system is presented, in comparison to the Galaxy Watch and on older Samsung smartwatches like the Gear S3 and Gear Sport.

The latest pictures also appear once again to suggest Samsung will be ditching that rotating bezel for its next smartwatch. Additional images also seem to show off a new-look activity tracker feature that feels very similar to Activity Rings on the Apple Watch. The heart shaped icon appears to use different colours to distinguish between different daily activity goals.

Other new features we can expect are automatic continuous heart rate tracking, elevated heart rate alerts and the ability to track more exercises. Although there's no indication what those new exercise modes will be.

Along with the previous leaks, it seems we have a pretty good idea about the specs and features the Galaxy Watch Active will be packing. It's believed that the Active will run on Tizen and be waterproof up to 50 metres, just like Samsung's other pool-friendly smartwatches. There'll be a 1.1-inch, 360 x 360 resolution AMOLED touchscreen display, a Exynos 9100 processor with 768MB of RAM powering performance, 4GB of storage, NFC, built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor, Wi-Fi and of course Bluetooth. There'll either be a 230 mAh or 236 mAh battery and there's expected to be an LTE version of the Active, too.

The timings of these leaks appear to suggest that an official unveiling is not too far away, as well. Previous pictures have hinted it will be at Samsung's next Unpacked event, which takes place on 20 February. Or it could be MWC, which is only a week later. Either way, it looks like we don't have to wait too much longer to get our first proper look at the Galaxy Watch Active.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active's answer to Apple Watch Activity Rings shown off

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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