Samsung's new wearables focus on wellness

31 August, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • IFA trade show

More than just announcing new products, Samsung is also announcing partnerships for those products.

The headliner of the bunch of obviously the new Samsung Gear Sport, the company's latest smartwatch with fitness features.

One of the biggest improvements coming to the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro is in the form of improved water resistance up to 5ATM (50 meters).

The new watch isn't won't be replacing the Gear S3 that Samsung introduced past year - instead it's filling out the line.

And finally, the new Gear IconX 2018.

In fact, those collaborations may well be the very things that make the Gear Fit2 Pro and the Sport smartwatch come across as different, as Speedo arrives with a tracking app to monitor lap count, lap time, and stroke time, to improve swimming time altogether. Partners such as Speedo and Under Armour will offer their expertise for the swimming workouts. It's compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones, and under ideal circumstances, it's promised to last for an impressive four days on a single charge. On the downside, it'll only be sold in Blue and Black, so no fancy color choices here: all of the fashionable aspect will have to come from the bands that you choose to pair it with. However, Samsung insists you'll look just as appropriate in the gym with the Gear Sport, as you would at a night club.

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The Gear Sport follows the design cues laid down by the Gear S3 past year, though it's a little thinner and smaller, with a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display running at a 360 x 360 pixel resolution.

Even though transferring songs to the earbuds over Bluetooth is a new feature for this model, being forced to do it one song at a time is not OK.

The easiest way to think of the Gear Sport is as the Gear S3 with a sporty twist, as indeed the name suggests. A number of new features have been introduced with this watch such as: An improved caloric counter, support for Samsung SmartThings, the ability to control a Powerpoint presentation with the watch or use the dial as a VR controller.

Samsung has updated its AirPod-rivaling Gear IconX headset, adding Bixby support and more to its wireless earbuds. More importantly, it's Samsung's most durable fitness tracker ever, water-resistant to 5 ATM and MIL STD 810G-rated.

It also means the screen is a touch sharper than the Gear S3, which boasts the same resolution with a larger 1.3-inch display - reducing the number of pixels per inch. Gear Fit2 Pro will be available on September 15, 2017 through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Macys, Samsung.com, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.

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