What you need to know
- The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is getting ECG monitoring and fall detection, just like the Apple Watch 4.
- The smartwatch is rumored to retain a similar design as the current model, so there won't be a rotating bezel.
- No word on launch just yet, but we could see it alongside the Galaxy Note 10 next month.
Samsung is going after the Apple Watch 4 with the next iteration of the Galaxy Watch Active, which is getting two new features: ECG and fall detection. According to the folks at SamMobile, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is said to retain a similar design as the current model, with availability in 40mm and 44mm options.
But it's the ability to detect atrial fibrillation that will make the smartwatch stand out. From SamMobile:
The ECG feature requires clearances from local regulators, which is why the Apple Watch 4 doesn't offer the feature in all markets. Samsung will also have to seek the same clearances, so it'll be interesting to see what regions it will roll out the feature.
Another new feature heading to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is fall detection, which pulls up one-tap options to contact emergency services when the device detects a hard fall. If there's no user input after the fall, the smartwatch automatically call emergency services and send a message to a user's emergency contacts.
No indication as yet about when we'll see the Galaxy Watch Active 2, but we could see the smartwatch debut alongside the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.