The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active has arrived after being announced at Samsung’s Unpacked 2019 press conference on 20 February. The stylish take on the smartwatch places it as direct competition to the Apple Watch, while also making it a more attractive follow up to the Gear Sport which should help broaden its appeal. We took a closer look at it with our hands-on review.

The real striking difference about the watch is the aesthetic redesign which makes it look less like a functional fitness tracker and more like a stylish technical accessory, something to become a part of your daily life like your phone and earbuds.

The more functional side of the Galaxy Watch Active focuses on your health. Aiming to be more than just a fitness tracker, it will also reportedly monitor your sleep, stress and general well being.

Along with the Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung has also launched two fitness bands - the Fit and the Fit e. You can read all about them here.

Galaxy Watch Active

The main features of the Galaxy Watch Active are:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Advanced fitness tracking
  • Separate stress tracking
  • 5 ATM water resistance
  • Aluminium frame
  • Functional and easy-to-use user interface

The watch will also offer real-time coaching and feature popular third-party apps - including Under Armour, Spotify and Strava. Bixby will also allow you to control the watch via voice commands, allowing you to make calls and send messages without touching your phone.

The watch will feature the latest version of Tizen which has been revamped and made easier to use.

Galaxy Watch Active Specificatios




Silver, Black, Rose Gold, 

Dimensions & Weight 

40mm, 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5mm, 25g 


1.1” (28mm) 360 x 360 AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display 

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 


20mm (interchangeable) 




Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz 


Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0 


768MB RAM + 4GB Internal Memory 


Bluetooth®4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass 


Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Heart Rate Monitoring, Ambient Light 


WPC-based wireless charging 


5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G 


Samsung, other Android: Android 5.0 or higher, RAM 1.5GB above 
iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above 


The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active will reportedly replace the Samsung Gear Sport, which went on sale in 2017.

When is the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active release date?

The Galaxy Watch Active will release in the US on 8 March, sadly we don't have a confirmed date for a UK launch at this time.

Customers who preorder the watch between February 21 and March 19 will also receive a complimentary wireless charging pad. The orders will then ship the next day on March 20.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active cost?

The Galaxy Watch Active will cost £229 / $199.99.

Make sure you're caught up with all the other Samsung announcements, including its first folding phone and all the latest details on the Galaxy S10.