Galaxy Watch Active 2 Will Ditch the Rotating Bezel in Favour of a Touch Sensor
We've got to know a fair bit about the yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 over the past few weeks. Rumours indicate that the smartwatch mimics the latest Apple Watch by offering ECG functionality. Today, Sammobile (the source for all previous leaks) stumbled on yet some more information that confirms the removal of the rotating bezel. There'll still be an outer ring around the smartwatch where the bezel used to be. The only difference is that it'll be a touch sensor that works the same way as a mechanical bezel. It is arguably a better design concept; a touch sensor can serve as a much better input method compared to a rotating element.
Today's leak also confirms the Galaxy Watch Active 2's the screen sizes. The 44mm Active2 will have a 1.4-inch display while the 40mm variant will feature a 1.2-inch display. Both are 360×360 AMOLED panels with Gorilla DX+ glass. The Bluetooth and LTE models will also have 4GB storage coupled with 768MB and 1.5GB of RAM, respectively.
Lastly, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be Samsung’s first smartwatch that features Bluetooth 5.0. The updated Bluetooth standard helps boost range hence allowing the watch to maintain a strong connection over longer distances. It also uses less power and allows users to transmit audio to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. Bluetooth 5.0 has been a recurring feature in all modern-day flagship devices, and it's good to see it finally make its way into the wearable space.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available in Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Black and Silver finishes for all variants. The LTE model will only be available in Stainless Steel. We can also expect Samsung to throw in some special shades for specific variants of the smartwatch. We can expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Watch Active 2 alongside the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7th this year, though ECG functionality reportedly won't be switched on until 2020 as it is still pending FDA clearance.