Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active measures blood pressure

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Samsung officially announced multiple wearables today, including its newest smartwatch, the Galaxy Active, which it says is designed to make “pursuing wellness goals more convenient, more stylish, and more fun.” The watch monitors blood pressure, in addition to heart rate, which is the biggest functional change for the company’s watch. It also underwent an aesthetic overhaul.

The watch has 4GB of storage and also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile payments via NFC. It can track more than 39 activities, monitor sleep, count steps, and has GPS built in. It’s awfully similar to its Galaxy Watch predecessor, except more streamlined without the bulky dial. Of course, it also includes Samsung’s smart assistant Bixby to make calls or send messages. Additional specs include:

  • 1.1-inch, 360×360 AOD display
  • 230mAh battery
  • Exynos 9110 processor
  • 768MB of RAM
  • WPC-based wireless charging

Samsung says the watch will cost $199.99 and will be released on March 8th in the US. Customers who preorder the Watch Active between February 21st and March 7th will receive a complimentary wireless charging pad. It comes in four colors: silver, black, rose gold, and sea green.

The company also announced a new fitness tracker today: the Galaxy Fit. It’s designed to automatically track activities and is more simple than the watch. It has a rubber strap with a 0.95-inch full color AMOLED display. It pairs over Bluetooth, includes a heart rate monitor, charges over NFC wirelessly, and is water resistant. It’s available in black and silver.

It’ll be available in Q2 of 2019, although we don’t have pricing.



By Ashley Carman

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