Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Everything you need to know

Here's what we think we know about Samsung's new watch

Samsung's got a new sport focused smartwatch on the way, and all things point to it being called the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active.

We first caught wind of the name through reliable Samsung leaker Max J, with the Active brand also used by Samsung for the more rugged versions of its Galaxy smartphones. Now that its smartwatch and smartphone lines share the same Galaxy name, it all makes makes sense.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Everything you need to know

Since then, there's been plenty more leaks regarding the design of the watch and the features it'll come packing - which we'll come onto below. But recently, we got our best, most official indication yet that the new Samsung smartwatch will indeed be called Active. As seen in the image above, this particular leak comes courtesy from Samsung's own Galaxy Wearable companion app, listing the Galaxy Watch Active (and more new devices) as among the devices supported.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Design

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

What will the Galaxy Watch Active look like? Well, after the confirmation by it's Galaxy Wearable app appearance, it seems we already have a good idea and there looks to be some radical differences when compared to the Gear Sport. A bunch of renders that surfaced including the ones above appear to be showing off Samsung's new watch. It seems we can look forward to a very minimalist-looking watch. What's most interesting here is the absent rotating bezel, which has become a signature (and popular) feature that has appeared on Samsung's most recent smartwatches. While we don't know for definite it's getting ditched, it doesn't appear to be present in these renders.

We do also seem to have a good idea of what colors the Active will be available in. We've seen renders showing four different color watches: silver, black, teal blue and pink gold. The latter appears to suggest Samsung will mirror what it offered with the 42mm rose gold version of its Galaxy Watch.

In terms of size, its presence in that companion app gives it away indicating that it will be a 40mm watch, making it smaller than the Gear Sport and the smallest Galaxy Watch model.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

So we've already mentioned that we could see a big feature omission in the shape of that rotating bezel, if those renders prove accurate.

We have something a little more concrete from those firmware files we mentioned earlier uncovered by a developer. It seems to reveal some of the Galaxy Watch specs and features we can expect.

The watch will apparently run on Tizen 4.0.3 and will be powered by a Exynos 9110 processor and 768MB of RAM. It's tipped to host a slightly larger 1.3-inch, 360 x 360 resolution display and a smaller 230mAh capacity battery.

Other specs include built-in GPS, NFC for payments, a heart rate monitor, a mic and speaker, an LTE version and Back and Menu physical buttons.

In the sensor department, expect an accelerometer with linear acceleration, ambient light, barometer, gravity sensor, gyroscope, pedometer. It will apparently have sleep monitoring and stress tracking like there is in the Galaxy Watch and will be waterproof up to 50 metres.

Previous rumors have also suggested that there will be massive improvements with integration of Samsung's Bixby smart assistant.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Tizen

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Everything you need to know

Building on the fact the Active will run on the latest version of Samsung's own operating system (and not Wear OS) a new set of pictures and details uncovered by Sammobile suggest that Samsung's new smartwatch will also debut Samsung's One UI on a watch for the first time. The user interface is mainly used for the company's smartphones. What that means as far as the experience of navigating the Active, it's not clear. But perhaps this has something to do with that missing rotating bezel.

These new UI shots also show off what appears to be a new Samsung fitness tracker that takes possibly some inspiration from Apple's Activity Rings and Google's more simplified Fit fitness tracker features on Wear OS. The heart shaped UI uses different colours to indicate progress for different activity/workout goals.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Release date

So, when will we see the Galaxy Watch Active officially unveiled? Well, if we look back at Samsung's most recent watch launches, the Galaxy Watch debuted at Samsung's big Galaxy Note Unpacked event.

We think we have our biggest indication that Samsung's 20 February Unpacked will be the place we hear more about this new watch. That's courtesy of those leaked renders where two of the watches feature that 20 February date. The fact it's turned up in Samsung's own app alongside the Galaxy Fit (and Fit e) and Galaxy Buds, it looks like there's a lot to look forward to as well.

What do you hope to see from the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  • raceleader·

    How do you know that Apple have settled? They have very strict legal agreements and no-one will disclose this information.

  • Sn1ckl3fr1tz·

    raceleader

    Maybe it's because lawsuits are public and Apple was the Defendant???!? Duh. Apple doesn't control everything, you know. And shame on these companies stealing ideas from patents and proceeding while simply hoping they don't get caught.

    • SpiderPig·

      "And shame on these companies stealing ideas from patents and proceeding while simply hoping they don't get caught" It's all part of strategy, you grab a patented product or idea, manufacture it and promote and sell it with the explicit intention of pulling it from the market once you have stuffed around in the courts with delaying tactics, apologising profusely and saying it will never happen again. Meantime, you hopefully have made enough money to offset the court costs.