Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is getting ECG in South-Koreaby Marco Lancaster
Taking a ride on the new trend for ECG reading in smartwatches, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Watch Active2 with all the necessary hardware for such a feature. However, there are still some problems related to this feature in wearables. After all, one company can’t simply launch ECG-powered smartwatches in some markets without approval from governing authorities and health-related agencies. This is a slow process and sometimes a company takes several months to expand the availability of the ECG feature.
Now the company’s latest Active smartwatch has received the green light from its homeland. South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety agreed that the Galaxy Watch Active2 is ready to operate as an accurate ECG reader. Interestingly enough, Apple’s Watch had to go through the same process and that it took several months.
Samsung made the announcement through its official blog post. The Korean giant announced that its Watch Active2 is finally ECG-certified in its home country and it will start pushing updates to enable the feature sometime in Q3 2020. However, the watch still has to go through correspondent governing bodies in the US, some parts of Asia, and Europe. So users in those places still have a long waiting to see ECG working.
Unfortunately, the whole process is taking more time than usual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE 2 SPECS
- Aluminum, Stainless Steel options
- Touch Bezel
- Two sizes: 40mm/44mm
- 40mm: 1.2-inch screen, 360 x 360, Super AMOLED
- 44mm: 1.4-inch screen, 360 x 360, Super AMOLED
- LTE, Wi-Fi only and UA models
- 44mm LTE model: 340mAh battery
- 40mm Wi-Fi model: 247mAh battery
- 20mm interchangeable straps
- One UI 1.5 software
- Fall Detection
- ECG monitor (not available yet)
- Afib notifications
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 chip
- Built-in GPS
- IP68 rated
- Wi-Fi models: 4GB storage, 768MB RAM
- LTE models: 4GB storage, 1.5GB RAM