Samsung announced its return to the world of fitness tracking last week, as it unveiled two brand new products – the Gear Fit 2 and the Gear IconX.
The Gear Fit 2 is a follow-up to the two-year old Gear Fit fitness band, and the Gear IconX is a set of feature-packed wireless fitness earbuds. Here’s everything we know so far.
Gear Fit 2
A lightweight, always-on GPS sports band.
The Gear Fit 2 has a 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 432 x 216 pixel resolution, so it's got the same level of details as the best smartwatches around. It can be viewed in portrait mode, letting you see all the information you need with just a quick mid-run glance.
A quick run-down…
The Gear Fit 2 comes with built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, and it’ll give you push notifications from calls, social media, texts and picture messages. You can view all these on the Gear Fit 2's display, and reply to messages directly.
On the fitness tracking side of things, you’ll be able to automatically track activities like cycling, rowing, running and walking. You can even monitor specialist workouts like pilates and yoga - and at the end of a hard day’s activity, the always-on Gear Fit 2 will monitor your sleep too.
You’ll be able to review all your activity on Samsung's S Health app, which is in line for a major update to coincide with the release of the Gear Fit 2.
Are you not entertained?
If you want to listen to music, you can connect any Bluetooth headset directly to the Gear Fit 2. It has a Spotify app and comes with 4GB of internal storage, so you can store your favourite playlists and tunes to play offline.
Keep on running…
The Gear Fit 2 will give you three to four days of battery life, and up to five days of power on standby.
And it’s dust and water-resistant, with an IP68 rating. You don’t have to worry about getting it wet if it starts raining in the middle of a run, but Samsung doesn’t recommend you take it for a swim.
Cordless fitness earbuds.
These Gear IconX wireless earbuds will keep you tangle-free if you like listening to music while you workout. Just like the Gear Fit 2, the Gear IconX comes with 4GB of internal storage, so you’ve got plenty of space for all your favourite uplifting fitness anthems.
You’ll be able to get feedback on your workout with the audio coaching feature, and record all your workout stats to view in the S Health app later.
Plus, the Gear IconX earbuds also act as a Bluetooth headset if you ever need to take a call without interrupting your activity.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 and IconX are due to hit the UK later this year. We’ll let you know as soon as they’re available.