Samsung has new Gear to keep you Fit: MrMobile hands on

Randall Craig
August 31, 2017

SAMSUNG has launched two new fitness focused smartwatches in a bid to steal Apple's thunder. While it is extremely reminiscent of the previous Gear watch, the Gear Sport feels more like a slight course correction for the wearable series.

Samsung also announced several new home appliance products, including its new QuickDrive washing machine, which the firm claims can halve laundry times. All that's pretty exciting stuff even for a non-athlete such as myself - and to hear Samsung tell it, that's kind of the whole idea. Those that pre-order will get a free set of Samsung U Flex headphones, and the device will be available on September 15.

The headliner of the bunch of obviously the new Samsung Gear Sport, the company's latest smartwatch with fitness features. To complement this, Samsung has upgraded its S Health app with a dedicated swimming section and partnered with Speedo to build a bespoke app. "Thanks to features like water and caffeine intake recording and auto sleep tracking, our new range of wearables are created to help Australians bring balance to their lives".

It's designed with military-level durability, it can handle a wide-range of environments. The Fit2 Pro (pictured below) - detailed previously by VentureBeat - features a 1.5-inch, 216 x 432 curved Super AMOLED display; contains a 200mAh battery; and comes in either black or red. It's not almost the fitness beast Fitbit launched, which tracks your breathing and oxygen consumption and all sorts of other insane things, but Samsung's offering a lot of the same features in a much more attractive package.

The watch has connected tricks for Samsung ecosystem things: it's able to hook into Samsung Connect to control IoT devices, and it can be a wrist remote for Samsung Gear VR, which is something I've thought about for years.

The Samsung Gear Sport inherits the key design feature of the Gear S3 from past year, with a rotating bezel surrounding the display. For 2017, though, they should last longer than before.

Offline Spotify syncing is available in both the Gear Sport and the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro, the first time any smartwatch or tracker has had this feature (you can sync music to Android Wear smartwatches, but only through Google Play Music).

Samsung's wearables family gets a little bigger today with the addition of the Gear Sport.

There's a decent 4GB of storage per earbud letting you store music and leave your phone behind, which is good news. The Gear Sport will also have a new monitor that measures the heart rate with an automatic detection of activities.

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