​Samsung unleashes Active 2 LTE and Golf Editions

But we're hungry for a proper new smartwatch
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Samsung may be gearing up to launch a new smartwatch, but it has taken the wrappers off two special editions of its Active 2 smartwatch.

The first is a new Golf Edition, which adds upgraded shot measuring smarts and also a new caddy app that includes the standard 40,000 courses found on proper golf wearables.

The company previously launched golf editions of the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

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It’s set to come in two versions – with 44mm and 40mm case sizes – with the larger in black and the smaller in pink gold. No gender typecasting there at all. It will cost $325 for the 44mm and $295 for the smaller model – and is coming to the UK and US after its initial release in South Korea.

The Smart Caddy app will show you distances to the pin and a map of the hole. You’ll also be able to measure shots off the tee.

The quality of the Smart Caddy app will be critical here, and we’ve seen great efforts from the likes of the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Golf Edition, which offered a superb tracking experience.

Of course, dedicated wearables such as the Garmin Approach S40 have long been a lure for golfers – but none have made a case for being worn away from the course. Now devices like the Apple Watch Series 5 and even Garmin Vivoactive 4 now offer good golf tracking as part of a wider mix of features.

The second new version from Samsung is the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE Aluminium, again coming in 44mm and 40mm case sizes. You get a full choice of black, pink gold and silver in each colour - and offers a lighter, more luxury alternative to the existing LTE version.

This enables you to receive calls and messages away from your smartphone, if you opt for a data plan. Pricing is still TBC – so check back or more info.

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James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.

He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and T3.com and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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