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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 could be the next big fitness-centric smartwatch. As a follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, the Active 4 would likely introduce several upgrades and suit the company's newest smartphones.

Currently, the Galaxy Watch 3 is considered the best smartwatch for Android users, while the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has fallen in those rankings due to age. However, you can often find it for less than $200, making it one of the best cheap smartwatches right now.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4: Release Date

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There's a slight chance the Galaxy Watch Active 4 comes sooner than expected, too. According to a Twitter thread from tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4 are due in the second quarter of 2021. This would mean Samsung is launching its newest smartwatch models earlier than usual.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4: Price

Since the Galaxy Watch Active is a slimmer, more fitness-focused version of the Galaxy Watch, it's less expensive than Samsung's flagship. When the Galaxy Watch Active 2 launched, it cost $249 for the Bluetooth model and $299 for the LTE-equipped model.

We'd expect Samsung to stick to this pricing model. And if it does, the Galaxy Watch Active 4 price would make it a direct competitor to the $279 Apple Watch SE and $229 Fitbit Versa 3. But assuming it continues all the features found in the previous Galaxy Watch, it would have ECG readings, unlike its similarly-priced rivals.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch Active4 could come in two sizes and cellular variant

A couple of days back, Max Weinbach of Android Police found references to Samsung’s next TWS called Galaxy Buds2 in the latest version of the Galaxy Wearable application. At the same time, he had even spotted a few details regarding the forthcoming Galaxy Watches, which he shared on Twitter (via SamMobile) on that day itself.

According to Max’s findings, the Galaxy Watch4 and the Galaxy Watch Active4 are codenamed Fresh and Wise respectively. Both of these wearables will be available in two sizes and in Bluetooth as well as cellular variants.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 (Fresh)

Sizes: 41mm, 45mm

Variants: Bluetooth, Cellular

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active4 (Wise)

Sizes: 40mm, 44mm

Variants: Bluetooth, Cellular

Lastly, he also found that Samsung is referring Wear OS compatibility layer as ‘Water’ and the chipsets powering these smartwatches as ‘Merlot’.

Unfortunately, nothing else is known about these wearables except for the fact that they could arrive with blood sugar monitoring feature, as per a report from January.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 specs and features

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We don't know whether blood glucose monitoring will come to the Galaxy Watch Active 4, although the feature is rumored to debut with the standard Galaxy Watch. There is one interesting rumor circulating around that would likely impact both models of Samsung smartwatch: Leaker IceUniverse said next Galaxy Watch will replace Tizen with Android.

This means Galaxy Watches could be making the jump from Samsung's proprietary wearable OS to Google's Wear OS. We're not sure how this would impact Samsung Health's influence on the fitness-first smartwatch.

Software and interface aside, the next Galaxy Watch Active will probably feature some spec upgrades. It could build on the 4GB of storage currently offered to match the Apple Watch's large storage offerings. It could get fall detection, VO2 max readings and other tools that came with the Galaxy Watch 3, too — all things that are useful to runners.

We're most interested to see how Samsung handles the Galaxy Watch Active 4 battery life. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 lasts up to 60 hours, depending on workouts and display. Samsung could maintain the Active 2's stamina, or it could shorten it like it did the Galaxy Watch 3's battery life compared to the first Galaxy Watch.

What we want to see in Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4

Slim design

We expect the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 will bring the Galaxy Watch 4's key features to a smaller design that better suits those who work out often. With its physical bezel and premium materials, the flagship Galaxy Watch is rather bulky, especially compared to the Apple Watch. We hope the Galaxy Watch Active tries to achieve the same slimness as Apple's smartwatch, promoting a barely-there feel while on runs or moving around.

More mental health tools

Mental health plays a big role in physical health. We'd like to see Samsung expand its wrist-based mental health tools, whether it be stress monitoring or more sophisticated stress management options. Fitbit's recent watches and Fitbit Premium upgrades (users can now meditate with Deepak Chopra) are a good example to follow. A future Apple Watch is also rumored to get oncoming panic attack warnings to help you get out of dangerous situations, like driving.

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