Samsung has picked up on the new trend towards ECG reading in smartwatches and presented its Galaxy Watch Active2 with the hardware required for such a function. However, there are still some issues related to this feature with wearables. After all, in some markets, a company cannot simply launch smartwatches with EKG technology without the approval of government agencies and health authorities. This is a slow process and sometimes it takes a company several months to expand the availability of the ECG function.
The company's latest Active Smartwatch has now received the green light from its home. The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety agreed that the Galaxy Watch Active2 can be used as an accurate EKG reader. Interestingly, the Apple Watch had to go through the same process and it took several months.
Samsung made the announcement through its official blog post. The Korean giant has announced that its Active2 watch is finally ECG certified in its home country and will release updates in the third quarter of 2020 to activate the feature. In some parts, however, the watch still has to go through corresponding control bodies in the USA from Asia and Europe. So users in these places will have to wait a long time for the EKG to work.
Unfortunately, the entire process takes longer than usual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE 2 SPECS
- Options for aluminum and stainless steel
- Touch bezel
- Two sizes: 40 mm / 44 mm
- 40 mm: 1.2-inch screen, 360 x 360, Super AMOLED
- 44 mm: 1.4-inch screen, 360 x 360, Super AMOLED
- LTE, only Wi-Fi and UA models
- 44 mm LTE model: 340 -mAh battery
- 40mm Wi-Fi model: 247mAh battery
- 20mm interchangeable straps
- A UI 1.5 software
- Fall detection
- EKG monitor (not yet available)
- Afib notifications
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 1.15 GHz Exynos 9110 chip
- Built-in GPS
- ] protection class IP68
- Wi-Fi models: 4 GB memory, 768 MB RAM
- LTE models: 4 GB memory, 1.5 GB RAM