Samsung's Gear Sport smartwatch puts fitness first

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: A souped up Gear Fit with swim tracking

Announced ahead of the IFA tech show in Berlin, the new Gear Sport and Gear Fit 2 Pro smartwatches proactively track and nudge users more than ever on what exercise they're already doing and when they need to do more. In addition to swimming protection and heart rate monitoring, the Gear Fit2 Pro has one feature the slightly classier Gear Sport smartwatch doesn't have: a built-in Global Positioning System so you can leave your phone at home when going for a run.

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.

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). As a matter of fact, it's durable enough to take swimming - even in salt water.

However, the Samsung Gear Sport will act as a modern day fitness tracker that can record the swimming sessions including the Speedo On App (preloaded).

Auto Activity Detection: Automatic activity detection... can recognize the following categories of activities: Walking, Running, Cycling or performing Dynamic Activities that could include dancing to basketball. The sporty and colorful design of the changeable 20 mm straps denotes the military-level durability of the wearable.

"In 2017, fitness means more than just burning calories in the gym", said Garry McGregor, Director for IT and Mobile at Samsung in Australia.




Samsung Electronics Co. on Thursday showcased three new wearable products ahead of the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) which kicks off this week, along with other TVs and home appliances. The screen is made of Gorilla Glass 3 which will give it protection, and has an always-on mode. It runs on 768MB of RAM and offers 4GB of storage space.

Landlubbers have plenty to get excited about too, with continuous heart rate monitoring now an option. It also works with Android 4.4, iOS 9.0 or later.

It is water resistant and can automatically track activity undertaken as well as being used to set and follow a wearer's progress towards nutritional goals. Gear Sport Gear Sport is stylish, yet practical with a minimalistic, circular bezel, Super AMOLED 1.2-inch display and improved user interface that makes it easy to view information, even when on-the-go.

Each earbud has its own 4GB of storage, 82mAh battery, and weighs 8g. It also features Running Coach function that provides in-ear audio exercise status updates in real-time.

The wireless Bluetooth headphones lets you listen to your favorite music as well as make and receive calls.

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