Samsung, as expected, on Thursday unveiled its new Gear Fit 2 fitness band alongside the Gear Icon X cord-free or wireless earbuds. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 has been priced at $179 (roughly Rs. 12,000) and will be available starting June 10 while the Gear IconX will go on sale beginning in Q3 2016 and price will be revealed at that time.
The South Korean company says both the new wearables have been designed keeping fitness needs of consumers in mind and the new products can track various activities.
The new Gear Fit 2 comes with a lot of improvements over its predecessor and now features an embedded GPS as well as a heart rate monitor.
The new band from Samsung also comes with auto activity tracking feature which means users won’t have to manually activate the sports band. It can track various movements including running, walking, cycling, or utilising rowing machine or elliptical trainer.
The device also allows easy transfer of fitness data between S Health and other select fitness apps. The Gear Fit 2 also comes with a new ‘Step Challenge’ which allows user to have a one-to-one competition with a friend. The smart band also packs a standalone music player without the need of a mobile device. For specifications, the Gear Fit 2 features a 1.5-inch curved Super Amoled display with a screen resolution of 216×432 pixels. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It packs a 200mAh battery.
The Tizen OS-based Gear Fit 2 is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and above, and which pack at least 1.5GB of RAM. The device is also IP68 certified which means it can survive immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 metres of water. For connectivity it packs Bluetooth 4.2 and comes with accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer.
The Samsung Gear IconX cord-free earbuds can track fitness details and also provide users with feedback on their running performance. The new Gear IconX comes with three different sizes of ear tips and wingtips. One of the highlights of the device is it can be activated by simply placing the earbuds in the user’s ears. It can track fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned, and syncs with S Health app.
The Gear IconX features a voice guide that provides voice feedback on the user’s workout progress and provides a standalone music player. The device packs Bluetooth 4.1 and 4GB inbuilt storage can store up to 1,000 MP3 songs. The earbuds pack 47mAh battery.