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Featured in this comparison chart is the newest smartwatch from Samsung, Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Active 2. While Galaxy Watch 3 succeeds Galaxy Watch, Active 2 succeeds Galaxy Active. The main difference between the two is that Galaxy Watch 3 has a physical rotating bezel, while Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel. Active 2 had come with ECG and blood pressure monitoring, now Galaxy Watch 3 comes with these features and as well has more health tracking features which include VO2 Max, blood oxygen monitoring and trip detection which may come to Active 2 in the future updates. Compare the differences between Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 to find out what’s new.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2: Specifications Compared

 
 
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samsung galaxy watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) full specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE) Full Specifications and Features

Price $419.99 $237.96
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) (LTE), Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic/Standalone smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Release date August, 2020 September, 2019
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Successor
Versions Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium Bluetooth only, LTE
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 46.2 x 45 x 11.1 mm 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm
Weight 53.8g (excluding straps) 30 grams (aluminum), 42 grams (stainless steel)
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum, Stainless steel
Strap material Leather Fluoroelastomer (Aluminum), Leather (stainless steel)
Bezel material Stainless steel Bezeless
Strap size 22 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Mystic bronze, Mystic silver Aqua-black, Black, Cloud-silver, Gold, Pink-gold, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.3 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density 364 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 2GB 1.5GB
ROM 8GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type e-SIM Nano-SIM
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter Yes No
Thermometer No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Fitness Level Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No
On-screen workout Yes No
Sport modes 40 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 2 days Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+
Charging type Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Tizen 5.5 Tizen OS 4.0
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Health App Samsung Gear app
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (LTE), Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps
Price $419.99 $237.96

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Galaxy Watch Active 2 – What’s the Difference?

  1. Premium Designs
  2. Both smartwatches have got really attractive designs. Active 2 which has a rotating bezel looks a bit geeky, unlike the classic Galaxy Watch 3 that looks like a traditional watch. Active 2 is more compact and slimmer at 10.9mm than Galaxy Watch 3 which is 11.3 thick. It also weighs a little less, yet has the same display sizes as the Galaxy Watch 3. I can say Active 2 is a more comfortable smartwatch. One fine addition to Galaxy Watch 3 is that you can navigate the watch with only the rotating bezel without touching the display.

  3. More Storage on Galaxy Watch 3
  4. Galaxy Watch 3 has twice the storage capacity of Active 2 which of course allows you to take more tracks with you. As against 4GB that comes with Active 2, Galaxy Watch 3 comes with 8GB storage capacity. Galaxy Watch 3 also comes with a higher 1GB RAM compared to 0.75GB RAM of Active 2. This in addition to the new Tizen OS 5.5 brings improved performance and better UI features than Active 2.

  5. More Health Tracking Features on Galaxy Watch 3

Active 2 had come with ECG and blood pressure monitoring, but Galaxy Watch 3 also comes with these features and has more health tracking features such as VO2 Max., blood oxygen tracking, incidental fall detection, and menstrual cycle tracking. ECG tracking on Galaxy Watch 3 has already received clearance from the FDA and the first update to the watch has added VO2 Max., and blood oxygen tracking. These features may come to Active 2 in future updates. Besides, both smartwatches can track your sleep, heart rate, calories, stress, and feature preset workout modes to choose from.

Which is Better?

These two are some of the most sophisticated and outstanding smartwatches you can find on the market, both Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3 have got really nice features and attractive designs. Although Galaxy Watch 3 has more storage and gives you the ability to navigate the watch without touching the display and for now has more health tracking features including the 120 preset workout modes.

Active 2 on the hand is cheaper and more compact. It’s a decent choice, while Galaxy Watch 3 is a better smartwatch, no doubt.