The Samsung Galaxy S10 will be launching on 20th of February and this will also the include the launch of the new Galaxy Watch Active.
Samsung have ditched the Gear branding for its smartwatches, adopting the Galaxy moniker to align it with its flagship phone.
Unfortunately recent leaks suggest that the new watch is taking a step back in terms of design and functionality compared to the excellent Gear Sport.
Samsung’s next smartwatch will not have the company’s innovative bezel ring which allowed you to navigate the watch using physical controls. One of my issues with my recent TicWatch S2 review was the requirement to use the screen, it is not great when trying to exercise.
Not only has the bezel ring been scrapped, but Samsung has reduced the screen size to a 1.1-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×360 pixels. It is not a huge drop, the Gear Sport has a 1.2-inch display, but when you also remove the bezel it means that interacting with the watch is going to be more difficult.
The bad news doesn't end there either, Samsung has reduced the battery size to 236 mAh (the Gear Sport had a 300 mAh battery). Though the smaller display should compensate for this.
The Galaxy Watch Active will come with a redesigned charger which is now a small pad that the watch sits on horizontally instead of at a 90-degree angle. Assuming the new S10 features reverse wireless charging as leaked, this will allow you to charge your watch via your phone.
The Galaxy Watch Active will be water-resistant up to 50 meters, just like the Gear Sport. Other specs include a dual-core Exynos 9110 chipset, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity (there is no 3G or 4G support).
As with all Samsung smart devices, excluding their phones, the watch will run Tizen (version 126.96.36.199) and will introduce support for Bixby Reminders to Samsung’s smartwatch lineup.