Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is a smartwatch with BP monitor, for now feature available only in 5 countries
Samsung, ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 hosted a special event in San Francisco on February 20 where it unveiled a host of new gadgets including its Galaxy S10 lineup and its first foldable phone- Galaxy Fold. The Korean electronics giant also unveiled a host of new smart wearables at the event, which includes two fitness trackers, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e, in-ear earphones, Galaxy Buds, and a smartwatch, Galaxy Watch Active. While all the devices in Samsung's new lineup come with impressive features, it is the Galaxy Watch Active, which apart from Galaxy Fold, stole the show yesterday.
The Bixby-enabled Samsung Galaxy Watch Active comes with a its blood pressure monitoring feature that enables the smartwatch to track the users' blood pressure using their wrists. Users can measure the blood pressure by downloading the My BP Lab app directly on their Galaxy Watch Active smartwatches. The app, as Samsung says, has been jointly developed with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and it helps users "to monitor blood pressure and keep better track of their physical health every day."
The new blood pressure monitoring feature places Samsung a step ahead of Apple, which despite featuring some noteworthy features such as fall detection, ECG and Emergency SOS among others falls short of a BP monitor.
As far as Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active is concerned, BP monitor is not the only upbeat feature of the smartwatch. Galaxy Watch Active also features a Everyday Peace of Mind feature that is essentially a stress tracker and it urges users to take up breathing exercises to release stress. Additionally, the Galaxy Watch Active also comes with a fitness tracking feature that automatically detect and monitor your exercise. "You can manually engage in more than 39 activities, set daily goals and monitor your progress," Samsung wrote in a press note.
In case you are curious about the specifications of the Galaxy Watch Active, here's a quick brief: the Galaxy Watch Active comes with a 0.95-inch full colour AMOLED display that comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and it comes with MIL-STD-810G military grade certification. It has 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 processor and it runs on Samsung's Tizen-based wearable OS 4.0. It comes with 4GB memory and 786MB space and it has Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and Glonass for connectivity. It features a 230mAh battery and it is available in four peppy colours -- Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Sea Green.
The Galaxy Watch Active will be available in five countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Singapore, Australia, and Germany starting on March 8 for $199.99 (Rs 14,200 approximately).