It’s been a couple years of silent squats and burpees for Samsung’s fitness-dedicated wearables. That’s not to say that the company has ignored fitness. Not by a long shot. But if the chaebol wants to keep battling the likes of Apple and Fitbit, it needed to get its fitness right.
Did it? Well, the Gear Fit 2 is giving it a shot.
It keeps the wide AMOLED display from its predecessor, though it’s gotten a bit wider — 216 x 432 at a 38.1mm (1.5 inches) diameter — that can show live stats as well as messaging notifications. The display is shy of the 24.5mm profile of the module. Elsewhere on the IP68-rated band, there’s a heart rate monitor, gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer and GPS. All of it is powered by a 200mAh battery.
There are two band sizes that can accommodate wrists between 12.5 and 21 cm in size. The whole shabam will be available in your choice of black, blue or pink.
4GB of memory will enable beaming music to your Bluetooth headset and let users skip out on the phone. Auto Activity Tracking supposedly should ace your transition between running and biking and then your rowing machine (or real kayak).
Speaking of Bluetooth, the Gear IconX also got its time to shine as a pair of wireless earbuds with barely enough room to cram 4GB of memory into them. Not only that, but we see an accelerometer, capacitive touch sensors, a pulse tracker and four microphones in these splash-resistant buds. Furthermore, you can pipe in the Voice Guide to tell you how badly/well you are into your jog. The buds come with a charging case and can be colored black, blue or white.
Both devices will need to work with an Android phone with KitKat or newer software and at least 1.5GB of RAM. The Gear Fit 2 will fill shelves June 10, the Gear IconX has a less specific Q3 timeline.
Update: Samsung has begun pre-orders of the Gear Fit 2 for $179.99 with free shipping. Boxes head out of the factories within 7 to 10 business days. Hit up our second source link.