Samsung widens fitness wearables, targeting swimmers

At IFA 2017, Samsung showed off not one but three new wearables designed to help users get in shape.
These are the Gear Fit 2 Pro, the Gear Sport, and the Gear IconX (2018), and they are living proof that the South Korean brand is serious in taking the fitness tech market by storm.
“The new normal for wearable technology isn’t just an activity tracker that counts your steps — it’s about enhanced connectivity to deliver an entire wellness manager and make our lives healthier,” Samsung says.
Before the Gear Fit 2 Pro was even announced, it got leaked. That means almost anybody keeping tabs on Samsung’s fitness wearables already knows what it’s got in store.
But just to recap, it’s similar across the board to its Gear Fit 2 predecessor, except that it has a more secure strap and a water resistance of up to 5ATM, which allows it to survive about 50 meters or 164 feet underwater. It can be used to track worry-free swimming sessions.
The Gear Fit 2 Pro is headlined to have offline playback support for Spotify. That’s something the original Gear Fit 2 didn’t have, which turned it into a glorified music controller on this front.
Now Samsung has yet to announce the official price, but according to the aforementioned leak, it’ll hold customers back by $199.99, and it’s available in either black or a combination of black and red.
The Gear Sport took some design cues from the Gear S3, including but not limited to the circular form factor and the rotating bezel.
It boasts a 1.2-inch AMOLED display that’s packing a 360 x 360 resolution that’s topped off with a Gorilla Glass 3.
There’s also an always-on mode to boot. Just like the Gear Fit 2 Pro, it can be used for swimming, sporting the same level of water resistance, and it also has offline Spotify support.
There’s not much to hash out regarding the Gear IconX since it’s more or less the same as the 2016 model. The big difference is that it’s touted to have at least 5 hours of battery life, and that’s roughly three times more than what its predecessor brought to the table

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