Samsung Galaxy Watch Active specs have now surfaced


Feb 22, 2016
Though Apple dominates the smartwatch market, Samsung has a sizeable customer base of its own who loves its Galaxy wearable lineup. The company used to sell them under the Gear brand before opting for the more-recognizable Galaxy prefix with the launch of the Galaxy Watch in August last year.

In the last couple of months, we have heard rumors and seen evidence about a new Samsung watch under development. It is believed to be a successor to the Gear Sport, a smart watch aimed at fitness enthusiasts, from 2017. The latest evidence suggests that while it may a spiritual successor to the Gear Sport, it will hit the market as the Galaxy Watch Active in line with the new naming scheme.

Recently, press renders of the upcoming device have leaked online, revealing design substantial changes compared to its predecessors. Adding to the growing leaks, an XDA member has uncovered specifications, along with confirming the Galaxy Watch Active name, by looking into the firmware files of a device sporting the model number SM-R500 and codenamed “Pulse,” as we had exclusively revealed. Though the model number doesn’t portray the device as a successor to the original Gear Sport (SM-R600), it indeed appears to be based on everything else we have seen so far.

Galaxy Watch Active may come in different size options

Coming to the specifications, there is not much of a surprise here. Galaxy Watch Active sports a 1.3-inch circular display of 360×360 resolution, which is 0.1 inch bigger than the Gear Sport. Under the hood, it will pack a newer Exynos 9110 SoC, heart rate monitor, NFC for Samsung Pay, and a 230mAh battery. Unlike the Gear Sport, the Galaxy Watch Active will come with a speaker and LTE capabilities. There is also talk about a dual eSIM model, but the evidence appears to be questionable.

Interestingly, the presence of a smaller battery size could be an indication that the Galaxy Watch Active might come in different size options – 42 mm and 46 mm – similar to the current Galaxy Watch. Samsung packed a larger battery in the 46 mm Galaxy Watch and that might apply to the Watch Active as well.

The new smartwatch is rumored to launch alongside the Galaxy S10 at the Unpacked event later this month. However, with such extensive leaks, Samsung may not have anything left to announce other than pricing and availability.

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