Samsung refreshes its Gear line of accessories for 2017
By Digital News Asia September 1, 2017
- New Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear IconX complement Samsung’s growing line of accessories
- New Gear IconX to take advantage of Samsung’s Bixby artificial intelligence
THE world is not done with wearables. Not by a long shot according to Samsung Electronics as they reveal their new line of Gear devices: The Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear IconX.
The new Gear devices assist with a range of activities – from robust fitness tracking to nutrition and sleep monitoring, as well as motivational coaching as a lifestyle companion.
“Our new Samsung Gear wearables help consumers ‘go beyond fitness’ and enjoy an active, balanced and fulfilled life in a smart and seamless way,” said Samsung Electronics president of mobile communications business DJ Koh.
Samsung’s updated wearables line-up that includes new capabilities for the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro feature greater functionality as it is able to automatically detect activities. The smartwatches are also now water resistant so athletes can bring it along into the pool to track their swim using Speedo’s swimming training app Speedo On.
With the app users would be able to easily track key swim metrics including lap count, time, stroke type and more.
There is also improved heart rate monitoring accuracy that provides real-time heart rate monitoring.
Samsung has also partnered with third party apps like Under Armour’s fitness app Under Armour Record, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and Endomondo for activity, nutrition, sleep and fitness tracking.
Users of the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2Pro can also enjoy listening to their favourite songs while on the go with the use of the Spotify app even without their phone present.
For all their common benefits, there are several differences between the Gear Sport and the Gear Fit2 Pro.
The former is a versatile yet stylish smartwatch with a Super AMOLED 1.2-inch display and features an improved user interface to easily view information when on-the-go.
Samsung said the Gear Sport is designed with military-level durability to handle a wide range of environments while retaining an ergonomic form. Some of its functions include the ability to control Samsung Internet of Things (IoT) devices through Samsung Connect, act as a remote control for presentations or Samsung Gear VR headset. It can even be used to pay for goods via Samsung Pay.
For the more serious athlete, there is the Gear Fit2Pro that features an advanced built-in GPS tracking system to capture activities. It features a larger Super AMOLED curved 1.5-inch display projecting a high-resolution colour touchscreen.
Finally, there is the Gear IconX a cord-free earbud that lets users enjoy their favourite music without the hassle of untangling wires. With it, users can enjoy on and offline music by transferring songs from a Samsung smartphone or PC.
The earbuds are also a new connection to Samsung’s Bixby artificial intelligence (AI) system so a simple tap and hold of the earbud can be used to voice control your phone.
On top of that, the Gear IconX automatically tracks your activities and has an inbuilt coaching app that provides instructions via in-ear audio. It is stated to have fast-charging, 4GB of internal storage and an improved battery life of up to five hours music streaming.
Samsung has not announced the official price of the new line of Gear devices but they did confirm that the Gear Fit2 Pro will be available in Malaysia end of September onwards, while both the Gear Sport and Gear IconX will reach local shores in November.
Get a first look at Samsung’s new Gear wearables in the official trailer available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onVzSjdVh3A. For more product information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com or news.samsung.com/galaxy.
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