Samsung launches fitness smartwatches in health push

Posted August 31, 2017

The first of these is the Gear Fit2 Pro, the follow-up to Samsung's Gear Fit, a smart band featuring a 34 gram weight, 4GB internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and protection from the elements.

It was just last week that Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 8, but that isn't stopping them from launching some new products at IFA 2017.

Among the announcements was the Gear Sport, which the tech giant called a "wellness manager" that will automatically coach users on staying active. Samsung gave it a round display and a slightly squared-off bezel, creating a rugged, Casio G-Shock kind of vibe.

The Samsung Gear Sport inherits the key design feature of the Gear S3 from past year, with a rotating bezel surrounding the display.

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"Samsung's new Gear devices were created to help consumers get the most out of their day, and help them live a healthy and well-balanced life", the company noted in a press release.

Samsung have not said how it handles salt water. It is also MIL-STD-810G certified for durability, This watch also has Speedo's swimming training app Speedo to track your swim metrics. That's frogman-speak for 50m underwater, or deeper than you're ever likely to go in a swimming pool.

Samsung's Gear Sport and new IconX will be available sometime in the fall. Both devices provide access to Under Armour's fitness apps including Under Amour Record, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and Endomondo for activity, nutrition, sleep and fitness tracking functions- these apps provide users with a holistic picture of their health and fitness. Users will be able to choose from an expanded selection of art, making the most of their TV even when it isn't in operation. It is compatible with phones running on Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7.0 or higher. Inside, there's a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, running Tizen. Gear Fit2 Pro's Super AMOLED curved 1.5-inch display and a high-resolution color touchscreen make real-time updates and notifications easier to read. That means you can use Samsung Pay or Android Pay, but only with NFC and NFC-enabled terminals.

It will work with an 20mm watchband though, so you don't need to keep in Samsung's strap stable if you fancy something a bit different.

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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 Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro will be offered in black and red, priced at $199.99; those who preorder it from August 31 will get a pair of Samsung U Flex wireless headphones thrown in, too.

The charging case is smaller than before, supports quick charging and you can get a full charge of it (total capacity of 340 mAh).

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