The Samsung Gear Fit2 will be available from 10 June 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and Pink while the cord-free true wireless ear buds Samsung Gear IconX will be available from Q3 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and White. Both devices will be available at local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore, at the recommended retail price of $298 each.
The Gear Fit2 is equipped with an embedded GPS and built-in heart rate monitor (HRM), offers accurate auto-tracking and measurement of your fitness and lifestyle activities, from running, walking, cycling, yoga, to even utilising rowing or elliptical machines. Users can monitor their fitness on the sports band and get real-time audio feedback on their workout, without having to manually activate it.
Beyond fitness tracking, you can also receive notifications on the curved touchscreen display. The sports band also comes with a standalone music player, providing users with additional audio entertainment and 4GB internal memory.
Gear IconX: Simple and Wireless Experience
Available in three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, the Gear IconX cord-free earbuds provide a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit for users without the hassle of entangling wires, and can be activated by simply placing them in their ears. It syncs easily with S Health, allowing users to track their fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned. The Gear IconX also includes a Voice Guide feature that provides users with instant voice feedback on the progress of their workout. With 4GB of internal memory, users can store their music easily, and control the playlist with a simple tap or swipe.
Bluetooth earphones are increasingly getting more common, but many are still bounded by a wire between the left and right earpiece. Seems like the trend is moving towards a true wireless experience though.
I couldn’t find information on the battery life from the press release.
It seems that the headphones will last about an hour and a half when streaming music from your phone, or three and a half hours when playing music stored on their 4GB of internal memory. However, the case itself functions as a portable charger, and will provide capacity for two full charges.
Both devices are compatible with most Android smartphones operating with Android 4.4 and 1.5GB RAM, and above. Samsung had previously made their fitness tracking app, S Health, available for all Android smartphones, regardless of the manufacturer.
S Health offers a wealth of features, with the ability to track activity, caloric intake, UV exposure and even oxygen saturation measurement, when used in collaboration with hardware-based sensors. You can also set fitness goals and view charts outlining your daily progress, with the app providing useful tips along the way.