Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Key Differences

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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Watch Active, and it comes with new features that make it a better smartwatch than its predecessor. It comes in two sizes and features ECG and blood pressure measurements as well as equipped with a speaker. Beyond this, both the Active 2 and Active spot the same design, appearance, and activity tracking features. In this post, we are comparing the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 to determine the differences that differentiate these two.

Note that unlike the Active, the Active 2 comes in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm, and each of these sizes is available in Bluetooth and LTE models. The Active is only available in 40mm size and there’s no LTE version. In this comparison, we’re comparing the 40mm Active 2 against Galaxy Watch Active.

The LTE and Bluetooth models are the same in every aspect except that the LTE version comes with an eSIM that enables cellular connectivity. As a result, it can make and receive calls without your phone. The Bluetooth model can also make and receive calls but requires your phone to be nearby.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Active 2 Specifications Compared

Product Info
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active full specs and features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Full Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) Full Specs and features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm) Bluetooth Full Specifications and Features

Price - $298.99
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date March, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Galaxy Watch 4
Versions Bluetooth only, LTE
Dimension 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm 40 x 40 x 10.9mm
Weight 25 grams (excluding straps) 26 grams (aluminum), 37 grams (stainless steel)
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Aluminum Aluminum, Stainless steel
Strap material Leather, Silicone Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel)
Bezel material Bezeless Bezeless, Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Strap size 20 mm 20 mm
Interchangeable strap Yes Yes
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Green, Rose-gold, Silver Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver
Display size 1.1 inches 1.2 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling No Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
RAM 0.75GB 0.75GB
Memory card slot No No
Technology None None
SIM type None None
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
Reply to Notifications - -
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes 39 39
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 230mAh 247mAh
Battery life Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+ Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+
Charging type WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
Operating system Tizen 5.5 Tizen 5.5
Companion app Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App Samsung Gear app
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm), Straps

What’s The Difference?

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 just like its predecessor, has an aluminum frame paired with silicone straps. Although, the LTE version of the Active 2 has a stainless steel 316L frame paired with leather straps. It’s the same super AMOLED display on both smartwatches. In the fitness tracking section, both watches will track all the way you move like your steps, sleep, heart rate, and stress. You get 39 preloaded sports modes on both watches. Furthermore, there is a 4GB storage capacity on both watches that allows for onboard music storage, and each of these two also has the ability to reply to notifications.

The battery life of the Active and Active 2 is almost the same. I get about 2 days with the 44mm Active 2 which is very similar to what you get with the Active.

Now let’s talk about the differences between the Galaxy Watch Active and Active 2

  1. Active 2 is available in two sizes and versions
  2. While there is only a 40mm unit of the Active, you have the option o choose between the 40mm and 44mm Active 2. You also get the option to choose between the Bluetooth and LTE versions.

  3. Active 2 has a bigger display size
  4. The 40mm Active 2 has a 1.2 inches display size which is bigger than the 1.1 inches display of the Active. The 44mm has a 1.4 inches display size.

  5. Active is more compact and slimmer
  6. Although the Active 2 is one of the slimmest and most compact smartwatches, the Active is slightly more compact and slimmer. It also weighs a little less.

  7. Galaxy Watch Active lacks a speaker
  8. While the Active 2 has both a microphone and speaker, the Active has only a microphone. This means that while you can receive calls on the watch, you can’t make calls directly from the watch as it will go through your phone. Meanwhile, the Active 2 allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch. This also means that you must connect a Bluetooth headphone to listen to music with the Active.

  9. Active 2 Features ECG and Blood pressure measurements
  10. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 being a more comprehensive fitness tracker features ECG and blood pressure measurements which are not available in the Active.

Which is Better?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Galaxy Watch Active 2
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a better smartwatch than it’s predecessor. It has a speaker and features ECG and BP measurements

Although each of these two is a fantastic choice for tracking your active life, the Active 2 has a more sophisticated design with a wider display that let you see more at a glance, while being a more comprehensive fitness tracker with the presence of ECG and blood pressure measurements.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch Active is a cheaper alternative.