Samsung announces Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Sport

Samsung announces Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Sport

Samsung announces Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Sport

What that means is swimmers will be able to easily track and incorporate swim achievements into personal fitness goals. This is the type of technology that Samsung says will eventually become the "new normal" - technology we soon will be unable to live without.

The Gear Fit2 Pro has a 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED screen, running at 216 x 432 resolution and protected with Gorilla Glass 3.

Finally, for those who want a companion when working out, Samsung's second generation wireless earbuds might be more to taste. Among other things, the Gear Sport is smaller than the S3, with a 42.9mm face, versus 46mm. It can also hook into Samsung Connect to control IoT devices and serves as a wrist remote for Samsung Gear VR. The display is still a 1.2-inch AMOLED just like the Gear S3. Samsung Gear Sport is powered by a dual core processor. Samsung's betting that a lot of Android users are looking for something that looks like a watch and works like a Fitbit. Samsung has made the Gear IconX a bit lighter this time around, and it's also more ergonomic than before. Samsung has partnered with Under Armor and Speedo to bring their fitness apps and functionality to the watch.

So far, Samsung hasn't chose to announced the Gear Sport price, but at least we know it's bound to arrive later this fall, so potential customers shouldn't have to wait too long before they can order one. All of them are the natural evolution of Samsung's wearable lineup, now revolving around a common theme of fitness. It's basically the same as the original Fit2, but enhanced with 5ATM water resistance, MIL-STD-810G certification for sea water, shock, UV, and more, and support for the new swimming exercises.

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The 200 mAh battery will obviously take a hit if you choose the continuous monitoring option, but the option is nice to have when you need it. Samsung says that using the default 10-minute option, you'll get the same four day battery life as the current Gear Fit 2 or about 10 hours of Global Positioning System usage. It contains the same 4GB of storage as the Gear Sport, but only 512MB RAM, instead of 768MB. The Gear Fit2 Pro will be available for preorder on August 31st and it will be available in store on September 15th for $199. It's available in Black and Red, with Samsung saying that "its versatile design also makes it a stylish accessory". Running Tizen OS it is compatible with all Android 4.4+ phones and recent iPhones running iOS 9+, and comes in two sizes.

The biggest differences here between the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro is really the form factor.

There's a 300mAh battery inside the Samsung Gear Sport, and with wireless charging it should be easy to top up at night - hopefully no fumbling around in the dark for a cable. The carrying case also charges the earbuds with a standalone capacity of 340mAh, compared to the 82mAh capacity of the IconX earbuds themselves.

Capacitive controls on the earpieces offer a range of options to play/pause, skip to next track or playlist, answer and end calls, adjust volume and call up the default voice assistant on any paired phone. There's no LTE option, and for whatever reason, Samsung crossed MST off the device's feature list. The Gear IconX also boasts of a new talent its predecessor never got the chance to have.

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