Samsung refreshes wearable range with new smartwatch, fitness tracker, and wire-free headphones

31 August 2017

Samsung Gear Sport

Samsung today announced a new range of fitness focused wearables, including the Gear Sport smartwatch, Geat Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker, and Gear IconX earbuds. Samsung has yet to confirm Australian pricing or availability for any of its new fitness wearables, but all three should be making their way down under.

Gear Sport

The Gear Sport smartwatch is almost a hybrid between Samsung's Gear S2 and Gear S3. The fitness focused smartwatch uses the Gear S2's smaller 1.2-inch display in a sportier take on the Gear S3's body. We found the Gear S3 to be a little too big, so we're looking forward to the smaller size.

As with Samsung's other recent smartwatches, a rotating bezel is the primary method of navigating through the Gear Sport. In addition to your standard fitness tracking features (including GPS), the Gear Sport is now water-resistant up to 5 ATM, which means you can now use it to log your swims.

Other key specifications for the Gear Sport include 4GB of internal storage, 768MB of RAM, NFC for Samsung Pay, and a 300mAh battery said to last up to four days.

Gear Fit 2 Pro

The Gear Fit 2 Pro is the follow up to last year's Gear Fit 2 fitness band, and is largely unchanged. As with the Gear Sport, the big new addition is 5 ATM water-resistance for swimming. The Gear Fit 2 Pro also touts a heartrate monitor, GPS, and a barometer, so it will track almost any exercise you can think of.

Gear IconX

The Gear IconX is a new pair of wire-free earbuds with internal storage. The 4GB of memory lets you load music directly onto the headphones and use them independent of a phone, but they'll also work over Bluetooth. You'll get up to five hours of music over Bluetooth, or seven when you're playing back from internal storage.

In addition to delivering tunes to your eardrums, the IconX also doubles as a running coach. The earbuds will automatically track your running routines and can also provide exercise status updates during your run.

Other new functionality includes support for Samsung's Bixby smart assistant.

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