This could be our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, the successor to Samsung’s sporty smartwatch.
The usually reliable folks at Sammobile have managed to get hold of some pics of the smartwatch successor to the Galaxy Watch Active, which actually only launched a few months ago.
Essential reading: These are the best smartwatches to buy right nowIn the series of alleged images, we can see a bezel-less watch with the words, ‘Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2’ on the display. The other big hint towards this being a new Watch Active and not a Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 as previously rumored, is the smaller stature and the distinct lack of a bezel. Samsung decided to ditch its signature rotating bezel on the first Active, which it’s fair to say was something we were a bit disappointed about.
It looks like the series of pictures indicate we can expect some hardware changes including a now rectangular back button and a home/power button that appears to show off a red ring. There’s no indication whether that red ring signals a new feature or it’s purely a cosmetic change, but that is an approach that Apple adopts to denote when its watch packs in LTE connectivity.
Speaking of connectivity, the images appear to show the presence of a microphone in between the two physical buttons with speaker grilles on the opposite side of the watch casing. It’s believed that there will be both an LTE and Wi-Fi only versions that will run on version 1.5 of Samsung’s One UI.
Other details shared are that the Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE model will have a 340mAh battery while the Wi-Fi only Watch Active 2 will pack in a smaller 237mAh battery. Clearly that bigger battery is needed to accommodate that extra connectivity support in the LTE version. Either way, it looks like we can expect a little bump up in battery capacity compared to the Galaxy Watch Active, which made room for a 230mAh battery.
There’s no indication when the Watch Active 2 is landing, especially when the first version only launched a few months back. Will this be one for next year or could it drop before the end of 2019? We really enjoyed using the Galaxy Watch Active, more so than the Galaxy Watch in many ways. So we’ll be intrigued to see what Samsung does have in store for us with its next smartwatch.