Samsung launches two new smartwatches for fitness lovers

Samsung today announced two new fitness-focused wearables with eh launch of the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus in San Francisco.

The first of those devices is the more mainstream one, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. This is the more traditional smartwatch and runs Tizen as opposed to Google’s Wear OS, so while it does fitness band things like track your steps, distance and so on, it’ll also do smartwatch things like help you triage your notifications and control your music. Samsung has gone the extra mile and added Blood Pressure Monitoring to the Active so you can track your blood pressure from day to day. This seems particularly helpful for people with high blood pressure who may have resorted to analogue methods in the past.

Samsung’s Bixby is also integrated into the Galaxy Watch Active, and you can use it to make calls and send texts.

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The other devices here are the Samsung Galaxy Fit and Fit e, its fitness bands.  The fitness bands are more traditional fitness bands and are sports focused. They’ll still do some smartwatch things (but are held back by Realtime OS as opposed to using Tizen like the Watch), Samsung says that you can “receive alerts and messages or check the widget which includes information synced straight from your smartphone—like alarm, calendar or weather.” Both variants are water resistant up to 50 meters and can be used while swimming, or showering.

Both devices work with iOS and Android (from Lollipop and above — essentially any modern device should do.)  There’s a whole bunch of numbers and specs which you can see here if you’re into that. The bottom line is that if you want a Samsung powered smartwatch, get the Watch Active. If you’re more into Fitness bands, get the Fit family.