Samsung launches fitness smartwatches in health push

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

The Gear Sport is a fitness tracker looking to be a smartwatch. There's no specific price for the Gear Sport yet, but we expect it to be between $200 and $300 ($300 is about £230).

As for pricing, that's something Samsung doesn't have yet, but as per always, we'll let you know the moment we do.

Samsung has been on the forefront of the modern smartwatch wave, but its already long line of Gear smartwatches hasn't exactly been among many a user's wish list items. With this new Fit2 Pro, you've got 5 ATM water resistance with swim tracking, along with built-in Global Positioning System, 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED display, dual core processor, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, 200mAh battery, and small or large sizes to fit anyone's wrist.

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But Samsung chose Berlin - namely the annual IFA consumer electronics show - to unveil a trio of brand new smart watches. For the new swimming capabilities, Samsung partnered with swimming expert Speedo to create Speedo On, the first Speedo wearable app that accurately tracks pool exercises.

Samsung's Gear Sport and new IconX will be available sometime in the fall. The catch for us is that the Gear Sport is running the Tizen OS as opposed to Android Wear, but Samsung emphasized that to date there are now thousands of apps and watch faces available for Tizen. These earbuds are compatible with the smartphones running on Android 4.4 or later with at least 1.5GB of RAM. They are both powered by a 1.0GHz dual-core processor (of an unnamed type) and 4GB of internal storage.

Fortunately, it will be able to act as a remote control for Samsung-based bits and bobs around the house, including devices made by Samsung for the Internet of Things, not to mention controlling Samsung Gear VR headsets. However, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. With that in mind it doesn't take much to realize you'll be missing out on a couple of features in the new Sport version.

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The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro will be offered in black and red, priced at $199.99; those who preorder it from August 31 will get a pair of Samsung U Flex wireless headphones thrown in, too.

At the same time, it is still a smartwatch and you get the same expected smartwatch features. The new Gear IconX 2018 fitness earbuds come in Black, Gray, and Pink color options. Like the Gear Sport, compatibility is with Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 or better, other Android devices on Android 4.4 or better, or iOS 9 devices. They help you continuously monitor your heart activity - whether it's enjoying a stress-free nap or an invigorating cycling class. ● Premium Partnerships: Daily activity can be supplemented with updated Under Armour and Spotify partnerships.

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