Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

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

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: A souped up Gear Fit with swim tracking Samsung's Gear Sport smartwatch puts fitness first
Garry Little | 31 August, 2017, 01:02

The smartwatch, fitness tracking band, and fully wireless earbuds are all updates to previous Samsung Gear products, and are aimed at going "beyond fitness" - meaning Samsung hopes these can be incorporated into everyday life. "Our new Samsung Gear wearables help consumers "go beyond fitness" and enjoy an active, balanced and fulfilled life in a smart and seamless way".

The new products are arriving just days after Fitbit announced a new smartwatch and wireless headphones, and just several weeks before Apple is expected to release a new Apple Watch.

There's no specific price for the Gear Sport yet, but expect a price somewhere between $200 and $300 ($300 is about £230 or AU$375).

Samsung didn't give pricing or availability. It doesn't have as many apps as Android Wear or Apple's WatchOS, and using a Gear Sport means swapping Google Assistant for Bixby, which definitely qualifies as a downgrade. The device is smaller that the Samsung Gear S3 which was released a year ago at this event. Samsung has also designed matching watch faces for the straps. Samsung has partnered with Under Armor and Speedo to bring their fitness apps and functionality to the watch.

It is 5 ATM certified for water resistance in up to 50-meters of water.

The device was revealed alongside the Gear Fit 2 Pro, a lightweight waterproof wearable aimed at swimmers, and the Gear IconX 2018.

The data from Speedo On is also compatible with Samsung Health, Samsung's comprehensive fitness tracking platform, to deliver a broader picture of health and wellness information. Both the devices will also work with Android smartphones (provided you bought them in last two years) and iPhone 5 or above. Following six months of partnership, Samsung is now the global leader in connected vehicle technology, with more than 50 million cars on the road worldwide powered by HARMAN and Samsung technology.

First up, let's take a look at the Gear Sport. It too has a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and runs Tizen, though with 768 MB of RAM along with the 4GB of storage.

Fortunately, it will be able to act as a remote control for Samsung-based bits and bobs around the house, including devices made by Samsung for the Internet of Things, not to mention controlling Samsung Gear VR headsets. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Fitness band comes out in two variants - one small sized and another large sized. Switch to second-by-second monitoring and you'll get a better idea of why you're gassed before you've even hit your stride. The star of the line up is their new Gear Sport.

Targeted to the fitness enthusiasts and everyday athletes, the new Gear devices pack a range of features including activity tracking, sleep monitoring and nutrition management.

Plus your TV will then show your heart rate while you exercise, which should make it easier to monitor than if you had to keep glancing at your wrist.

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