Samsung announces Gear Fit2 wearable and Gear IconX fitness headset

Samsung continues to improve on its wearable technology with the launch of two new products. Samsung is working hard to create a full ecosystem and these wearables look amazing.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer
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It's been a couple of years since Samsung launched the Gear Fit activity tracking wrist band. The Gear S2 smartwatch appeared late last year and today we see the Gear Fit2 appear with many elements of the Gear S2 integrated into a smaller form factor at a lower price.

The folks at Android Central posted some hands-on initial impressions of the Gear Fit2.

Samsung Gear Fit2

The new Gear Fit2 will launch next week, June 10th, at a reported price of $179 in blue, black, and pink. That's a very reasonable price for a wearable band with a Super AMOLED display, three to four day battery life, integrated GPS receiver, onboard storage to stream your music wirelessly, and integrated heart rate monitor.

The Gear Fit2 looks to check just about every box for those looking for a wearable to provide 24/7 activity tracking with an integrated GPS radio. It also provides some basic smartphone notifications for texts, calls, email, and more.

Unsurprisingly, tt appears that the Gear Fit2 is designed to work directly with Samsung S Health. It's not clear what other services your GPS data may sync to, but S Health now works on all Androd devices so that service will likely meet the needs of most people.

Specifications of the Samsung Gear Fit2 include:

  • 1.5 inch curved Super AMOLED 216x432 pixels resolution display
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage for music
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate monitor, GPS, barometer
  • 200 mAh battery
  • Tizen OS
  • 24.5 x 51.2 mm and 28-30 grams (small and large sizes)
  • IP68 water and dust resistant

Samsung Gear IconX

In addition to an updated Gear Fit2 fitness wearable, Samsung announced the Gear IconX, a Bluetooth wireless sports earbud with integrated heart rate monitor and accelerometer. If you don't care about tracking the specific route with GPS, you could use these earbuds as your fitness tracker for your workout.

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In addition to providing music, the Gear IconX will provide voice feedback on your workout progress. The data collected syncs to S Health. CNET has a hands-on look at the new Gear IconX.

Specifications of the Samsung Gear IconX include:

  • 4GB of internal storage for music
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Accelerometer, heart rate monitor, capacitive touch
  • 47 mAh battery in earbud, 315 mAh in case
  • 18.9 x 26 mm and 6.3 grams per earbud

The pricing for the Gear IconX was not revealed and the release date is planned for the 3rd quarter of 2016.

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