While the vast majority of today’s popular activity trackers highlight the number and precision of their sensors, battery endurance, build quality, water resistance and connectivity as key selling points, you shouldn’t be very surprised if the next wave of low-cost wearables takes a cue from smartphones in engaging in spec wars.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2, for instance, is tipped to pack a homebrewed 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 2GB internal storage space. That’s in stark contrast to the meek 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4-based CPU inside the original Gear Fit model, whereas RAM and ROM were never advertised, since no one expected to hoard stuff on the smart band or perform many power-demanding tasks at once.
Clearly therefore, the Gear Fit 2 will be able to do a lot more than its predecessor, on a smaller yet sharper curved Super AMOLED display with 432 x 216 pixels resolution, and Tizen 2.3 software pre-loaded.
Hopefully, the already disappointing battery life won’t take a big hit, which feels like mission impossible considering the rumored 200 mAh capacity and built-in GPS support. On the bright side, that ingenious all-in-one bio-processor is said to reduce the energy consumption of the heart rate monitor, gyroscope, barometer, accelerometer, and other sensors Samsung decides to adopt in an effort to one-up the Microsoft Band 2.
Finally, while the OG Gear Fit was IP67-certified for water and dust protection, the second-gen should take things to the next level, i.e. IP68, i.e. comprehensive care against continuous immersion beyond just 1 meter deep.
It all sounds… expensive to implement, but maybe Samsung can perform a miracle and price the Gear Fit 2 no higher than $200. Only a couple of weeks tops left to wait for a formal announcement.