Samsung launches Gear Sport and new wearables ahead of IFA 2017


Samsung Electronics Co. on Thursday showcased three new wearable products ahead of the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) which kicks off this week, along with other TVs and home appliances.

The Gear Sport follows the classic watch design of its last year's smartwatch cousins - the Gear S3. Powered by a dual-core chipset clocked at 1GHz, the Gear Fit2 Pro comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

"In 2017, fitness means more than just burning calories in the gym", said Garry McGregor, Director for IT and Mobile at Samsung in Australia.

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro comes out into the markets with a clasp-fastened strap which ensures it does not slip off and fall while you are engaged in a sporting activity.

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For starters, the Gear Sport looks a whole lot better than the other options on the market, including the ugly new Fitbit Ionic. They look identical to their predecessor and have much of the same standalone fitness tracking and music-streaming features. The pricing and availability of the Gear IconX (2018) earbuds will be announced soon. To coincide with these features, the Gear Sport offers continuous heart rate monitoring, GPS, and it's military grade certified. That's important, as the Gear IconX can automatically track running routines when you start exercising. The Gear Sport will be able to store 500 Spotify songs on the watch. They are both rated as water resistant to 5ATM and also carry MIL-STD-810G certification.

Perhaps one of the most useful upgrades with the Gear Sport is a new selection of fitness programs that come with video tutorials. The price for the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro has been announced - it will be priced in at $199 and will be available starting the 15th of September.

Finally, there's a new pair of in-earphones from Samsung, with the 2018 edition of the Icon X, and truth be told we're not sure what exactly Samsung has changed on this one, outside of support for Bixby and perhaps the weight. It's compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones, and under ideal circumstances, it's promised to last for an impressive four days on a single charge. 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.

The Gear IconX can also be used to launch Bixby now. In terms of connectivity, each offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Global Positioning System radios. The swim tracking features will come by way of Speedo's swim platform service called Speedo On, which will allow swimmers to track a range of different details like how many laps they've swam, how many strokes they had during their swim session, and even how long each lap was.