Samsung has unveiled a brand new fitness wearable in its Gear range. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band was announced alongside a Gear Icon X smart earbuds. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 wristband is priced at $179 and will be available later this week, starting June 10. Those who want to go for the smart earbuds Gear IconX will have to wait as it only goes on sale in Q3 2016.
The new Gear Fit 2 has a slim profile screen which gives the wearable a sleeker look. However, at 1.5 inches wide, it has plenty of room to display data. The device also features an embedded GPS as well as a heart rate monitor.
In addition, the band will automatically start tracking your activity without you having to manually activate it. So as soon as you are in action, the tracking begins. In addition to running, walking, and cycling, it can help you track rowing workouts and elliptical training.
In a new feature, users can start a ‘Step Challenge’ to have a one-to-one competition with a friend or co-worker. In addition, it has a standalone music player. For those looking for the specs, this fitness band is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and has a decent 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It packs a 200mAh battery, so it could last you a couple of days when being used.
You need a device running Android 4.4 KitKat and above to use this wearable, with at least 1.5GB of RAM. With IP68 certification, it can survive immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 m of water. It features Bluetooth 4.2 and comes with accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer.
The Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds give it an unobtrusive look and it comes on automatically when you put it inside the ear. It will provide voice feedback for your workouts and running performance. It will be available in 3 different ear tips and wingtips sizes to suit a wider audience. It will relay data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned, and syncs with Samsung’s S Health app. With 4GB of inbuilt storage, it can store up to 1,000 MP3 songs.