For the past couple weeks, we’ve been following the story of a Samsung wearable that isn’t a Gear smartwatch, nor the Gear Fit tracker. It first came to our attention due to some FCC paperwork, and the model number revealed there showed a connection to the S Circle name. Then late last we week we heard about an “S Band” that sure seemed to be this same S Circle device, as revealed in some seemingly official Samsung documents. Even then, though, we weren’t 100% convinced about the name, as we didn’t see “S Band” mentioned anywhere in the materials themselves; they referred to the wearable only as the Samsung Activity Tracker. Today we see that Activity Tracker name return, checking out a hands-on video with the band, and seeing it go up for pre-order on Amazon.
All this news comes to us from Germany, where the Activity Tracker made an appearance at a Samsung Roadshow event. It looks just like it did in last week’s leak, but now we can finally see it in action, including some very basic LED indicators.
The Amazon listing (also in German) mentions specs like a 38mAh battery capable of lasting for five days on a charge, Bluetooth LE for communicating with your phone, and micro USB for charging. Samsung says it will offer protection against sweat, but that doesn’t sound like it extends to full waterproofing. Software features reinforce what we saw in that leak, analyzing things like sleep patterns in addition to providing feedback on exercise.
The Activity Tracker is priced here at about 80 euros, and knowing Samsung that means we’re looking at something close to $80 in the States (currency conversions be damned). That makes it much less expensive than what we’re expecting the Gear Fit to go for, but we wonder if the lack of functionality might turn some users away.
Or maybe more importantly, will the coming onslaught of Android Wear devices make simple trackers like this start looking like childrens’ toys?
Via: Phone Dog