Samsung announces the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit fitness tracker

Samsung didn’t just announce four new smartphones (and the Galaxy Fold) at its Unpacked event — it also took the wraps off three new wearables: the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung Galaxy Fit, and Samsung Galaxy Fit E. Here’s what you need to know about these new Samsung fitness devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: A sportier Galaxy Watch

2018’s Samsung Galaxy Watch is a decent fitness device, but it isn’t exactly the easiest smartwatch to take with you during a workout. It resembles more of a bulky hiking watch than a sleek fitness companion.

Enter: the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. This new Samsung smartwatch is sleeker and will likely appeal to more users due to its simpler design. It’s about the same size as the last-generation Gear Sport, with its 1.1-inch AMOLED display. That display also has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels.

Samsung removed the rotating bezel in favor of a sleeker design.

While it sports an overall sleeker design, that comes at a cost — the Galaxy Watch Active doesn’t come with a rotating dial like other Samsung watches. Users will unfortunately have to rely on touching and swiping the display to navigate around the software interface. It’s also worth pointing out the Watch Active also omits a rotating side button like we’ve seen on Wear OS devices. It’s an odd move, for sure, since many fitness-focused wearables prioritize non-touch navigation as some people find touchscreens difficult to use during workouts.

New to the Galaxy wearable lineup is blood pressure monitoring. Starting March 15, Watch Active users can download the My BP Lab app, developed with the University of California, to help keep track of their blood pressure levels throughout the day.

Elsewhere, the Galaxy Watch Active has quite the impressive specs sheet. It comes with a built-in GPS, optical heart rate sensor, an NFC chip for Samsung Pay, a 5ATM water resistance rating, as well as a MIL-STD-810G rating. It also supports Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi, though there is no LTE option.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active will be available in the U.S. starting March 8, 2019 for $199.99 at Samsung.com and other retailers. If you pre-order the Watch Active from February 21-March 7, you’ll receive a free Wireless Charging Pad.

Check out the full list of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active specs below:

  Samsung Galaxy Fit
Display .95-inch full-color AMOLED
120 x 240 resolution
282ppi
Memory 512KB internal RAM, 2048KB external RAM
32MB external ROM
Connectivity Bluetooth Low-Energy
Sensors Heart rate
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Processor MCU Cortex M33F 96MHz + M0 16MHz
Battery 120mAh
NFC wireless
Durability 5ATM water resistance
MIL-STD-810G
Compatibility Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM

iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above
Software Realtime OS
Dimensions and weight 18.3 x 44.6 x 11.2mm
24g (with strap)
Colors black, silver

Samsung Galaxy Fit: A Fitbit Charge 3 competitor?

Left to right: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung Galaxy Fit, Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung also announced a new fitness tracker: the Samsung Galaxy Fit.

This will presumably be a more affordable option for those who want to keep an eye on their activity. The Galaxy Fit features a built-in heart rate sensor, a .95-inch full-color AMOLED display, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer onboard, though there’s no built-in GPS.

The Galaxy Fit will automatically track walking, running, biking, rowing, and elliptical workouts, or you can track up to 90 different activities from the Samsung Health app on your phone.

Interestingly, the Galaxy Fit runs on software Samsung is calling Realtime OS. The company says this will provide an easy-to-use software experience, with support for smartphone notifications, alarms, calendar alerts, and weather.

The full list of Samsung Galaxy Fit specs are below:

  Samsung Galaxy Fit
Display .95-inch full-color AMOLED
120 x 240 resolution
282ppi
Memory 512KB internal RAM, 2048KB external RAM
32MB external ROM
Connectivity Bluetooth Low-Energy
Sensors Heart rate
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Processor MCU Cortex M33F 96MHz + M0 16MHz
Battery 120mAh
NFC wireless
Durability 5ATM water resistance
MIL-STD-810G
Compatibility Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM

iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above
Software Realtime OS
Dimensions and weight 18.3 x 44.6 x 11.2mm
24g (with strap)
Colors black, silver

The Galaxy Fit will be available in Q2 2019, though no pricing details were announced.

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