Samsung announced a new line of fitness wearables at its Unpacked event in San Francisco; the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch and the Galaxy Fit and Fit E sports bands. The company aims to offer a sportier look and feel to its wearable line.
Galaxy Watch Active
The Galaxy Watch Active has slimmer design than the Galaxy Watch as it drops the rotating bezel in favor of a small gap between the screen and the body of the device. The watch is lighter and waterproof upto 5 metres. Offered in silver, black, rose gold, or sea green with plastic bands, Active features a 1.1-inch 360 by 360 screen in a 40mm body that lacks a bezel-mounted dial, instead relying on its touchscreen and two side-mounted buttons for all of its controls.
The Galaxy Watch Active comes loaded with health and fitness tools to help you take charge of your wellbeing. It’s the first Samsung wearable with the ability to monitor blood pressure, a feature that will be in beta shortly after launch. Starting March 15, you’ll be able to download Samsung’s My BP Lab App which was developed in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to track blood pressure.
The Galaxy Fit and Fit E have a similar automatic workout detection for up to 90 different activities.
The Galaxy Fit is an alternative if you’re looking for something with more basic health tracking functionality and longer battery life. It replaces the prior Gear Fit 2, a mid-2016 activity tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and barometer features, and 2017 waterproof variation Gear Fit 2 Pro, each of which sported a 1.5-inch-tall 432 by 216 Super AMOLED display, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage.
Arriving in black, silver, and apparently yellow versions, the Galaxy Fit now has a 0.95″ AMOLED screen with a lower resolution of 240 by 120.
Price and Availability
Perhaps one of the most impressive Galaxy Watch Active features is the $200 price tag. That’s about $100 cheaper than the Gear Sport and Galaxy Watch were at launch, neither of which monitored blood pressure.
The Galaxy Watch Active will be available for preorder starting Feb. 21 and will ship March 8.
The Galaxy Fit is $99, but it won’t be available until this spring.