Samsung has added some fresh game to their fitness products menu with the launch of the new Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and the revised Gear IconX cord-free earbuds at the IFA 2017 in Berlin, Germany. While the Gear Sport is a new fitness-focussed water-resistant smartwatch, the Gear Fit2 Pro is an upgraded GPS sports band that comes with smart features.
The South Korean company has cut down on the bulk of the Gear Sport smartwatch compared to the Gear S3 launched last year, and no longer supports LTE connectivity. Both the Gear Sport and the Gear Fit2 Pro band have undergone US Military STD-810G testing and can survive in upto 5 ATM or 50 meters under water which essentially makes them swim proof.
The Gear Sport will feature the traditional round display that measures 1.2 inches in diameter and will run on Super AMOLED technology with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, at 302ppi. It also introducing the Full Color Always On Display and will be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
With a Dual Core 1.0 GHz processor, 4GB internal memory and 768MB RAM and 300 mAh battery the smartwatch runs on the company’s own Tizen OS. The watch will support Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou for connectivity along with Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light sensors.
It will be compatible with Samsung Galaxy phones with Android 4.3 or later, other Android phones with Android 4.4 or later and iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 with iOS 9.0 or later. It will be with the colour options of Black and Blue.
On the other hand the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro will be available in colour options of Red and Black. It would feature a 1.5” curved Super AMOLED display, with 216 x 432 pixels at a rate of 310ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protecting it.
The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro will run on a Dual Core 1.0 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, have 4GB internal storage and a 200 mAh battery. It will have similar connectivity options and sensors as the Gear Sport with Bluetooth® v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, along with Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM.
Both of the Samsung Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro will have activity tracking support that will use the “Auto Activity Detection” feature to begin recording. It will be able to track swimming, running, cycling and even dancing and other sports activies among others with details such as track lap count, lap time, stroke type. Samsung has even teamed up with Speedo for their “Speed On” swimming app among others like Under Amour Record, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and Endomondo for various training activities.
In addition to all this Samsung Gear Fit will support Samsung Pay as well , which is going to leverage the NFC capability of the device.
The refreshed Gear IconX cord-free earbuds seem to have undergone some tinkering on the inside, and now packs a better battery life. On the software part the Gear IconX will now support Bixby, the AI assistant that debuted with the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone earlier this year.
These seems to have undergone some cosmetic changes as well and are now more ergonomic and lightweight and will be available in the colours Black, Gray and Pink. Samsung claims that with a fast-charging and improved battery life the earbuds will last up to five hours of music streaming or seven hours of standalone music playback which should be a huge improvement over its predecessor. The battery on each of the earbuds have been improved to 82mAh from the previous 47mAh and the case from 315mAh to 340mAh.
The internal storage of the earbuds remain the same at 4GB and use Bluetooth® v 4.2 for connectivity along with Accelerometer, IR, Capacitive Touch sensors. The speakers will have 5.8pi Dynamic Driver and will be compatible with Android 4.4 and later.