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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 takes on Apple Watch with two new models

Galaxy Watch Active 2
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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 lineup is growing. Samsung has added two new models of its most recently released wearable to take on the Apple Watch in the ongoing battle of the best smartwatches.

Samsung;'s Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE Aluminum model and Galaxy Watch Active 2 Golf Edition expand the company's current offerings with speciality designs. Both launched exclusively in South Korea, but there's a chance they'll make it Europe and the U.S.  soon.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 Golf Edition is for golfers. While there a number of dedicated golf watches, like the Garmin Approach S60 and Garmin Approach S20, Samsung's new model simply seems to add golf features to its existing wearable.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 Golf Edition sports a golf shot distance tool and the Smart Caddie, which supports maps of over 40,000 golf courses around the world. It comes in a 44-mm Aqua Black or 40-mm Pink Gold finishes, with the former priced at $325 and latter $295. For reference, those costs are on par with Garmin's midrange golf wearables. 

Meanwhile the Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE Aluminum takes a position against the Apple Watch. It supports phone-free internet connectivity, meaning wearers can make calls and send messages from their wrists. It offers similar Aqua Black, Cloud Silver and Pink Gold colors, and costs $295 for the 40-mm version and $325 for the 44-mm one.

Samsung told The Korea Herald (opens in new tab) that the Galaxy Watch Active 2 Golf Edition model will eventually make its way to the U.S. and UK, while the Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE Aluminum model will come to Europe and select Asian countries. 

Whether they'll arrive here before the standard Galaxy Watch receives a successor, which could happen at Samsung's next Note event, is unknown.

Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering smartwatches, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account (opens in new tab), which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.