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Samsung Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear IconX put fitness first

31 August 2017, 01:49 | Gina Pena

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However it seems that in addition to new wearables, Samsung's announcement also suggests that they will be launching other connected devices as well.

Samsung Gear Sport is the latest smartwatch entry designed exclusively for sport and with focus on swimming.

Referred to as a sports band, the Pro is much more sleek than the Gear Sport, lending itself to swimming and other activities where a larger wearable could get in the way. Samsung's post reads, "The invite-only event will showcase products created to seamlessly integrate into everyday life and streamline more facets of our evolving, increasingly connected lifestyles". The Sport will go head-to-head with the Apple Watch Series 3 with rumored cellular connectivity, which could launch on September 12. These kinds of practical features go beyond telling you to just go to the gym, and it's what makes the Gear Sport really stand out.

Gear Sport is a bold, brightly coloured fitness tracker that's shaped like a clock face and is jam packed full of features including flicking through TV channels, control presentation slides and the usual smartphone functions like messaging and email.

The IconX come in black, pink, and white.

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It also looks like offline Spotify music is finally ready.

Expected to launch over the coming weeks, consumers should be on the lookout for the Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and IconX 2018. It has a smaller Super Amoled 1.2-inch circular touchscreen display (compared to S3's 1.3-inch display), built-in heart rate monitor and water resistant down to depth of 50m. The not-so-good news is that the IconX still only play nice with Android smartphones.

Like the Sport, the Pro also benefits from Samsung's link up with Spotify and the newly announced partnership with Speedo - aimed at swimmers - which will enable users to track their pool work in detail through a new app.

The Gear Sport comes with automatic activity tracking, and it'll sync to Samsung Health to help you keep an eye on all your workouts and activities in one place. You can do several things on them, including putting songs for offline use (it features up to 4GB internal storage) as well as ask questions to Bixby, Samsung's digital assistant. Like the Gear Sport, the Gear Fit2 Pro is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and runs Tizen underneath the hood, which is Samsung's home grown operating system.

"At Samsung, we celebrate the everyday athlete - whether you're going for a light jog, or training for your next triathlon". Cool stuff. As for availability, you will be able to pre-order the Gear Fit2 Pro on August 31, 2017, for $200. Samsung had previously confirmed their plans for a new smartwatch and in fact some photos of the smartwatch and fitness tracker might have been leaked already in a previous report.



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