At an event in New York this evening, Samsung announced two new wearables as part of the Gear line. The Gear Fit 2 is a successor to the model released in 2014, while the Gear IconX is Samsung’s first truly wireless earbuds. At launch, both products are only compatible with Android and not iOS.
The Gear Fit 2 retains the same vertical display, but now runs Tizen OS. A curved 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor and has 4GB of internal storage for music. Samsung claims that the 200mAh battery will provide three to four days with standard usage and up to five days in a standby mode.
Fitness features include an optical heart rate sensor, as well as GPS for outdoor activity without the need of a phone. Smart tracking will automatically recognize various exercises like running, walking, and cycling. The Gear Fit 2 also carries IP68 certification against water damage and will be available for $179 on June 10. It will come in a small and large size, as well as in three colors: black, blue and pink.
Next up, is the Gear IconX. Samsung has made wireless headphones before, but these are the first to be truly wireless earbuds. In addition to being a standard pair of Bluetooth headphones, the IconX has 4GB of memory for storing and playing music. Controls on the surface of the buds will allow users to select songs and control playback. In addition to being a music player, the IconX also has basic fitness tracking capabilities that sync with S Health and provide verbal feedback.
They last 3.5 hours when listening to music stored on the wearables and 1.5 hours when streaming music from a phone. Its pill shaped storage case provides two additional charges. Pricing has yet to be announced and release is sometime in Q3 of this year. It will come in black, blue and white.
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