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Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 vs Active2 (2021): Which Samsung Smartwatch is Better?

Leaked certification documents hint on an upcoming release of a new Samsung smartwatch which will more likely be the long-overdue Galaxy Watch 2. We gather what we know so far on the rumored Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 and compare it side by side the Galaxy Watch Active2.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 vs Galaxy Watch Active2 Comparison Chart

ModelGalaxy Watch 2Galaxy Watch Active2 (BT/LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Watch2 
PriceComing Soon
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Sizes40mm, 44mm40mm, 44mm
DisplaySuper AMOLED*Super AMOLED Always-On Display
Screen Sizen/a1.2″ / 1.4″
Touch Bezeln/aYes
Weightn/a26g / 44g
OSn/aTizen
Storage Size8GB*4GB
Call & Text AlertsYesYes
Water ResistanceUp to 50 metersUp to 50 meters
5ATM, IP68
ECG MonitorYesYes
PedometerYesYes
AltimeterYesYes
Calorie Burn TrackerYesYes
Sleep TrackingYesNo
Swim TrackingYesYes
Female Health TrackingYesYes
GPSBuilt-inBuilt-in
Wi-FiYesYes
Bluetoothv5.0v5.0
LTEAvailableAvailable
NFCYesYes
CompatibilityiOS, AndroidiOS, Android
Battery Life330 mAh*247 mAh / 340 mAh
Colorsn/aAqua Black, Pink Gold, Cloud Silver

Design

The Galaxy Watch 2 might be slim and sleek, just like the Galaxy Watch Active2

The Galaxy Watch 2 in the horizon may just lose the heft of the Galaxy Watch (left) and follow the Active2’s sleek profile

Samsung smartwatch fans were disappointed when there was no new Galaxy Watch released with the Galaxy S20 smartphone series in the February 2020 Unpacked event. However, recent certification leaks show that there might just be either a Galaxy Watch 2 or a Galaxy Watch Active3 on the horizon. The certification hints that the Galaxy Watch 2 will come in 40mm and 44mm and Bluetooth and LTE variants, just like the Galaxy Watch Active2.

Speculations lean towards the Galaxy Watch 2 losing the heft of the first Galaxy Watch. It will more like follow the sleek profile and versatile design of the Galaxy Watch Active2. With more watch bands available for the Active2, including leather, it has become more than just a fitness watch you wear when working out or training. We’ll have to wait for the official launch to find out whether it will keep its rotating bezel or upgrade to the digital rotating bezel found in the Active2 smartwatch.

Activity Tracking

Both the Galaxy Watch 2 and the Watch Active2 have ECG and sleep tracking

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Unlike the Galaxy Watch (left) the Galaxy Watch 2 is expected to feature ECG and a heart rate monitor

The Galaxy Watch Active2 offered more activity tracking features than the first Galaxy Watch. However, the Watch 2 in the horizon is speculated to offer the same fitness and activity tracking capabilities of the Active2. These include alerting you of any atrial fibrillation through its ECG sensor, blood oxygen levels through its sp02 sensor, counting steps and calorie-burn, sleep tracking, female health tracking, and more.

These Samsung smartwatches can also detect when you are doing any of these seven common activities: running, rowing, cycling, swimming, elliptical trainer, walking, dynamic workouts. Their built-in GPS also comes in handy, especially if you typically go running or working out sans your smartphone.

Smart Features

Both Samsung smartwatches are compatible with numerous apps and support contactless payment

samsung watch active 2 smart features
Equipped with NFC connectivity, you can use pay directly from your wrist in select establishments

Just like the Galaxy Watch Active2, the Galaxy Watch 2 is expected to come in LTE/cellular models for those who don’t want their phone with them while on the go. Using either Galaxy Watch, you can read SMS, answer calls through your Samsung smartwatch, or listen to music on your Spotify. While they are compatible with iOS, you can’t answer calls directly through your Galaxy Watch, unlike when you’re using an Android device.

Both Samsung Galaxy smartwatches are equipped with NFC connectivity that allows you to pay using your Galaxy Watch. You can use Samsung Pay at any establishment that accepts contactless payment methods such as Apple Pay or Fitbit Pay.

Battery Life and Additional Features

Both the Galaxy Watch 2 and the Active2 are waterproof and feature Wireless Powershare

Samsung watch 2 vs watch active 2 battery life
Swimmers can wear the Galaxy Watch 2 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 and monitor their laps and distances

The Galaxy Watch 2 and the Galaxy Watch Active2 have IP68 and 5ATM rating, which means they are weather resistant and can withstand submersion for up to 50 meters. This is something users who often do water activities will find essential. Perhaps the only major difference between the two smartwatches that we know so far is their storage capacity. The Galaxy Watch 2 is rumored to have 8GB internal memory, double the 4GB of the Galaxy Watch Active2.

Their battery life can also last for days, thus their capability to track sleep quality. If the Always-On display is turned on, expect shorter battery life from your Galaxy Watch. However, if you use a Galaxy smartphone, you can take advantage of the Wireless Powershare feature of the Galaxy Watch 2 and the Galaxy Watch Active2. This lets you share battery from a compatible Galaxy smartphone to your smartwatch.

Verdict

It’s a good time to get the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 as it is on sale

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

 

 

The recent price reduction on the Galaxy Watch Active2 has fueled rumors of the Galaxy Watch 2 on the horizon. Gleaning from previous releases, the upcoming Samsung smartwatch might be released in the fall of 2020.

The only major difference we’ve seen so far is their internal storage capacity. If you’re happy with a 4GB internal storage, which is more than enough for many users, then the Galaxy Watch Active2 will be a worthwhile purchase for you. Meanwhile, if you prefer a bigger watch face, then the original 46mm Galaxy Watch will suit your requirement better.

Last update on 2022-07-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Rhodaline Escala-Phelps

Managing Editor and Team Leader at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about people, product comparisons, culture, and current events.