Tech giant Samsung recently launched two new variants of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in South Korea. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 Golf Edition is targeted towards golf lovers. It also unveiled the LTE version of the existing aluminum variant of the premium smartwatch.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 Golf Edition is backed with upgraded golf shot distance measurement. It also has an in-built Smart Caddie app, which gives useful information on more than 40,000 golf courses across the world. This variant of Samsung’s newest smartwatch is available in two versions- the 44mm Aqua Black and 40mm Pink Gold. These variants are priced at KRW 393,000 ($323) and KRW 359,700 ($295), respectively. Samsung also launched the golf editions of the Gear S3 and the Galaxy Watch earlier.
Additionally, Samsung also introduced a new variant of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 Aluminum with LTE connectivity. This model will be available in both 40mm and 44mm sizes and has three colors to choose from- Aqua Black, Cloud Silver, and Pink Gold. The 40mm variant is priced at KRW 359,700 ($295), while the 44mm variant costs KRW 393,700 ($323) in South Korea. These new variants of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available in South Korea. The company also said that the new Galaxy Watches would be introduced in specific markets outside Korea. The golf-focussed variant will be launched in the UK and US, while the Aluminum LTE variant will soon be launched in some Asian and European markets.
Samsung rolls out blood pressure measuring app in South Korea
Samsung also introduced a health monitoring app in the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in South Korea. Users can now measure their blood pressures with the Samsung Health Monitor app. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 users can download the app, called the Samsung Health Monitor, on the Galaxy Store. The app, however, must first be regulated with a traditional cuff before users can monitor their blood pressure. Once it is in sync, the Galaxy Watch Active 2’s wrist sensors perform a pulse analysis that tracks the relationship between the calibration value and any blood pressure changes to determine the user’s blood pressure. Users can view the blood pressure levels and results by tapping their watches.
The results can also be synced to the Samsung Health Monitor app through the users’ Galaxy smartphones and saved as a PDF file to be referred to later. The feature will be available for Galaxy smartphones with Android 7.0 or above. The blood pressure measuring function of the Samsung Health Monitor was approved good-to- use by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in April.
Addressing when the function will be launch globally, a Samsung spokesperson stated, “We are working closely with many regulators in countries in which we provide health offerings. We look forward to expanding the service to more markets as soon as possible. We will share updates in the future.”
An electrocardiogram (ECG) tracking feature is also expected to be added to the Samsung Health Monitor app soon. The ECG tracking feature was approved good–to–use by the country’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in May. The ECG tracking feature allows the app to measure and analyze the heart rhythms of the users who wear the watch.
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