Samsung has been one of the older participants in the wearables race but as of now it only holds the fifth spot overall. With everything it has done so far on the line, it is going all out for competitors with its two new wearables: the Gear Fit 2 and the Gear IconX earbuds.
The Gear Fit 2
The original Gear Fit 2 may not be as popular as intended but it certainly got its fans. Samsung is targeting that same crowd again this time but with a design which is more in line with those of traditional fitness trackers than as an accessory like the last one was. As a result, it is lighter and comfier.
The Gear Fit 2 comes with a larger 1.5” curved Super AMOLED display which can show more information than before and has a higher 432 x 216 resolution.
On the hardware side, it comes with a 1 Ghz dual-core Exynos 3520 processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of storage, quite beefy for a wearable. One of the more important features is the built-in GPS that the older model did not have. You also get dust and water resistance, while the battery is a 200 mAh one that can last from three to four days.
Another big feature is the heart-rate sensor, a valuable addition for a wearable which is still priced low when compared to other competing options. It works with Android phones running on version 4.4 or higher, while your fitness data such as heart-rate, distance jogged, calories burned, etc. can be synced with S Health or other popular fitness services.
The Tizen-running Fit 2 will be available in Black, Blue and Pink in two sizes for $179.99 (approx. Rs. 20.000), which is 20 dollars cheaper than before. It will be launched in early June.
The Gear IconX
Samsung also announced a pair of wireless earbuds which can be used for fitness tracking, such as heart-rate monitoring, calories burned, distance, speed, etc. They’re activated automatically when worn, and come with a Voice Guide to relay your data to you.
It can also be synced with the S Health and other fitness apps. They are water and dust-proof and are available in Black, Blue or White.
Both of these gadgets can be used as music players, too and can store up to 1000 songs. Pricing is set at $179.99 (approx. Rs. 20,000) for it, too. It launches in a couple of weeks.