Samsung swims forwards with Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear IconX

31 August, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Release Date

Samsung kicked off IFA this morning by announcing a new range of fitness wearable devices, including a new Gear smartwatch, Gear Fit2 band, and updated Icon X earbuds. The trio emphasize fitness features such as the ability to swim in salt water with the Gear Sport and Fit 2 Pro, but they do not include the Bixby voice assistant technology. The Gear Sport is the first of its name in a sports-centric wearable offering, with its big ticket feature being 5 atmospheres of water-resistance. "We want to help remove the stigma that fit can only mean one thing and that fitness trackers are complex and for only the most intense of workouts", said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

Compared to the S3, we're happy to find this year's Sport to have a slightly smaller and thinner body. The Gear Sport can control the Samsung IoT-enabled devices, act as a remote control for a PowerPoint presentation or Samsung Gear VR, and pay for goods via Samsung Pay (NFC Only). It has the same vibrant, 1.5-inch curved AMOLED display and runs on the same Tizen software.

Big has worked for Samsung in the smartphone space, but the human body is less forgiving than trousers pockets, and the company ultimately did itself something of a disservice by creating the watch equivalent of the Galaxy Note. A new Speedo app tracks swimming, while an improved Under Armour app tracks calorie intake and adds on-watch input tools. Spotify's Offline mode lets you listen to your favorite music online, offline or even without your smartphone so you can enjoy your favorite tunes regardless of location.

Among the announcements was the Gear Sport, which the tech giant called a "wellness manager" that will automatically coach users on staying active. It will ship with a silicon band by default and a new collection of watch faces. It's basically the same as the original Fit2, but enhanced with 5ATM water resistance, MIL-STD-810G certification for sea water, shock, UV, and more, and support for the new swimming exercises.

What to expect from the 2017 IFA technology show

"Speedo is committed to inspiring more people to get into the pool to achieve their fitness goals". The new Gear Icon X provide 4GB of storage.

Besides 5ATM water resistance and a slightly bigger curved display, one of the biggest improvements compared to Gear Fit2 include onboard Global Positioning System support.

The Gear Sport will be available with a black or blue strap. It's compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones, and under ideal circumstances, it's promised to last for an impressive four days on a single charge. Pre-orders for the Gear Fit2 Pro start August 31 for $199 with in-store availability on September 15.

There's a 300mAh battery inside the Samsung Gear Sport, and with wireless charging it should be easy to top up at night - hopefully no fumbling around in the dark for a cable. The Gear IconX 2018 connect to Android devices running Android 4.4 or later that have 1.5GB of RAM on board or more.



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