Samsung unveils Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch

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Samsung has revealed its new Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch in its bid to take a bigger slice of the wearable market largely led by the Apple Watch.

Six months after introducing the first Galaxy Watch Active, the South Korean company is launching a successor which continues to focus on fitness.

Among the features is a rotating digital dial, in the form of a black touch-sensitive strip around the edges of the circular display, allowing users to navigate around the device with greater ease.

Galaxy Watch Active 2
(Samsung/PA)

The announcement follows the unveiling of a new high-powered Galaxy Tab 6 tablet last week, and ahead of the next Galaxy Note smartphone launch on August 7.

“The smartwatch market is rapidly growing, and we at Samsung are excited to continually expand our presence in new and visionary ways,” said Samsung IT and mobile communications boss DJ Koh.

“With Galaxy Watch Active 2, we have created a device that will enable consumers to take control of their health and wellness, and seamlessly flow between their devices and connect across the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem, making their lives easier and better.”

As well as the usual array of sensors, the new smartwatch will also come with an Electrocardiogram (ECG) for people to keep an eye on the health of their heart.

Samsung is releasing the wrist wearable in two different size options, 44mm and 40mm, in a choice of aluminium and rubber band or stainless steel with a leather strap on the premium end.

The firm is yet to confirm a UK price or launch date, but in the US it will start at $279.99 (£230.42), hitting shelves from September 27.

Chris Price
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