Galaxy Watch 4 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2: What real progress looks like

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Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 merely six months after its predecessor had hit the market. The company introduced some changes with the new model. It had a digital rotating bezel, improved specs and new health and fitness features. It was also available in a larger size. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 was the first to get the ECG feature.

However, it pales in comparison to the Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung’s newest smartwatch stands in a league of its own compared to the Galaxy Watch Active 2. For starters, the company is offering two separate variants of the Galaxy Watch 4.

Galaxy Watch 4 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Galaxy Watch 4 doesn’t have a physical rotating bezel much like the Galaxy Watch Active 2. It’s available in 44mm and 40mm sizes with a 1.36-inch and 1.19-inch display. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 was offered in 40mm and 44mm sizes with 1.2-inch and 1.4-inch displays respectively. Samsung has fitted higher resolution displays on its new smartwatches that also happen to be slimmer than the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

Samsung has made a major change for its smartwatches with the Galaxy Watch 4 that make them fundamentally different from previous models. The Galaxy Watch 4 runs on Wear OS, the Android-based platform Samsung has co-developed with Google. So while the Galaxy Watch Active 2 runs on Tizen, the latest model is able to run Android apps.

The Galaxy Watch 4 also comes with significant improvements under the hood. Its Exynos W920 processor is 1.25x faster than the Galaxy Watch Active 2 with the graphics performance up by an impressive 8.8x. There’s also four times the internal storage at 16GB and higher 1.5GB RAM.

With the new 3-in-1 BioActive Sensor, the Galaxy Watch 4 is able to provide far more health and fitness-related features. There’s body composition analysis, continuous blood oxygen saturation monitoring, improved fitness tracking, advanced sleep tracking with snoring detection, and more.

You can find the full Galaxy Watch 4 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 specs comparison below. It’s impressive to see just how far Samsung’s smartwatches have come in a few years. Don’t forget to check back in for our detailed Galaxy Watch 4 review which will be up in due course.

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