Tuesday , June 5 2018

Samsung launch three new wearables – Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Sport and new IconX earphones


At IFA this morning, Samsung has unveiled their new range of wearables which include the Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Sport and their updated wireless IconX earphones.

Samsung has brought improved heart-rate tracking with both the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro which they say is real-time information. Both devices also include GPS tracking and are powered by Samsung’s Tizen operating system.

Both the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport have improved durability with mil-spec (MIL STD 810G) construction that includes enhanced water resistance up to 5 ATM which is paired with new swim tracking features from Speedo. Both devices can track lap count, lap time, stroke type and more.

As well as swimming, there is improved device auto-detection so both can tell when you’re Walking, Running, Cycling or performing what Samsung calls “Dynamic Activities” which includes anything from dancing to basketball.

The big news here for sports enthusiasts who enjoy listening to music while they work out is support for offline Spotify support. Spotify is a massively popular service for a number of people and Samsung is bringing this great feature to both the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport.

Gear Sport

Gear Sport
The Gear Sport is the more traditional sports watch, with a fully round display and a rotating bezel for control similar to other Gear S watches. There’s support to easily change bands with 20mm straps fitting the device. The Gear Sport also includes NFC with support for Samsung Pay.

Gear Fit2 Pro

Gear Fit2 Pro
The Gear Fit2 Pro is a decent upgrade from previous Gear Fit bands, available in black or red, the device has an improved watch like strap, but it can’t be changed. It’s got a decent 1.5″ display, and all the features you’d like from a sports tracker.

Specs:

Gear Sport Gear Fit2 Pro
Colour Black,Blue Black,Red
Display 1.2” Circular Super AMOLED
360 x 360, 302ppi
Full Color Always On Display
Corning ® Gorilla ® Glass 3
1.5” Curved Super AMOLED
216 x 432, 310 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Processor Dual Core 1.0 GHz
OS Tizen
Size 42.9(W) x 44.6 (H) x 11.6 (D) mm
50g (without band)
25.0(W) x 51.3(H) mm
34g (Large), 33g (Small)
Strap 20mm Small (Size of the wrist: 125~165mm)
Large (Size of the wrist: 158~205mm)
Memory 4GB Internal memory
768MB RAM
4GB Internal memory
512MB RAM
Connectivity Bluetooth® v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n,
NFC, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
Bluetooth® v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n,
GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro,
Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM
Battery 300mAh
Wireless charging
200mAh
Pogo type charging
Duability 5 ATM water resistance
MIL-STD-810G

Gear Icon X

Samsung has also unveiled new Icon X wireless earbuds. They’ve got built-in memory so you can store music on them for listening on your commute, or you can just use them as bluetooth earphones connected to your phone, tablet or laptop.

The Icon X also comes with Bixby support (of course they do). Samsung says that with a ‘simple tap and hold of the earbud you can use your voice to control your music or your phone – without even having it in your hand.’

Availability

Samsung Australia has not announced Australian availability for any of the devices but the Gear Fit2 Pro will be priced at $199.99USD when it goes on-sale there tomorrow. As for Australian availability, it looks good we’ll see all three devices here, with Garry McGregor, Director, IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia saying

In 2017, fitness means more than just burning calories in the gym. Thanks to features like water and caffeine intake recording and auto sleep tracking, our new range of wearables are designed to help Australians bring balance to their lives.

Perfect companions to the Note8 and the Galaxy S8, our new wearables blend cutting-edge technology with the timeless style and craftsmanship our customers expect from Samsung.

Samsung has a local launch date of September 22nd for the Note 8, so it’s possible we’ll see more information about the pricing and availability for some of, or all three devices around then.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

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