Samsung's Gear Sport now has Modern Fitness Tracking

Leigh Mccormick
August 31, 2017

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). It has a smaller Super Amoled 1.2-inch circular touchscreen display (compared to S3's 1.3-inch display), built-in heart rate monitor and water resistant down to depth of 50m.

The Gear Fit 2 Pro will set you back US$199, with pre-orders open tomorrow and on-sale date of September 15, though we're still waiting on those details for the Gear Sport. Near the start of IFA 2017, the electronics giant is making yet another grab for a different user market, one populated by what Samsung calls the "everyday athlete". The default straps are also narrower at 20mm, which gives it a sleeker profile than a good chunk of the competition.

The Gear Fit 2 Pro features even less changes from the Gear Fit 2 than the Gear Sport from its predecessor.

Samsung also dropped a number of features for the smaller watch, including Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) payments (though the more popular NFC is still on-board), and the LTE phone-free option the S3 had that everyone is suddenly so excited about on the Apple Watch.

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While Samsung has released three smartwatches previously, the Gear Sport is its first attempt at creating a device which combines both lifestyle and sporty features. The Gear Sport, for example, is a Samsung Gear smartwatch built for the wear and tear of sports. That is great for those times when your runs or bike rides take you beyond Wi-Fi and cellular connections. Available in black and blue, the Sport has a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED, always-on color display with a 360-by-60 screen resolution, or about 302 pixels per inch. The display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

In addition to the Gear Sport announcement, Samsung announced an update to their IconX wireless earbuds which brings many improvements, including longer battery life, and the addition of a personal training coach. It is compatible with phones running on Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7.0 or higher. Inside, it houses a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of storage, and 768MB of RAM.

Away from fitness, these buds are also Bixby-friendly so you can tap and hold one earbud to use your voice to control your music.

Armed with a 200mAh battery, the wearable fitness band comes with connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi and Global Positioning System. 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. Also Samsung didn't share how much will it charge for the Gear Sport smartwatch and the IconX earbuds.

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