Samsung launches Gear Fit fitness tracker


Samsung may have introduced its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches a little early this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean the manufacturer played all its wearable cards. At this afternoon’s Unpacked event, not only did Samsung have the new Galaxy S 5 to introduce, but had one more wearable for us to check out, the Gear Fit wristband.

While the Gear 2 models are full-fledged smartphones, the Gear Fit stays solidly in fitness tracker territory. Remember those rumors we heard that a Samsung smartwatch would soon get a curved OLED display? Well, the Gear 2 missed out on that, but the Gear Fit delivers, with a 1.48-inch curved 432 x 128 display with touchscreen input.

Like the GS5 itself, the Gear Fit incorporates a heart rate sensor, in addition to a pedometer and gyroscope. It’s waterproof and its 210mAh battery should last 3-4 days on a charge. Like the Gear 2, you’ll need a Samsung phone to take full advantage of Fit, with support for twenty Samsung handsets.

Global sales of the Gear Fit are set to begin sometime in April.

Source: Samsung

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