Samsung has unveiled three new wearable devices on the eve of the IFA technology trade show in Berlin – a fitness smartwatch, an upgraded GPS sportsband and cordfree earbuds.
The products are aimed at the customer who wants to live a healthier life and stay connected at the same time.
They include the Gear Sport – a water resistant sport smartwatch, the Gear Fit2 Pro – a smart sportsband with built-in GPS and the Gear IconX – true wireless earphones.
Each of the new Gear devices can help users track their fitness and nutrition as well as monitor their sleep.
They can also act as a motivational coach and a lifestyle companion to keep us on path to health and fitness.
“At Samsung, we celebrate the everyday athlete – whether you’re going for a light jog, or training for your next triathlon,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
“We have a long history of embracing choice and innovation, and our wearables are designed to help consumers of varying fitness levels meet their goals and aspirations. We want to help remove the stigma that fit can only mean one thing and that fitness trackers are complex and for only the most intense of workouts.
“Our new Samsung Gear wearables help consumers ‘go beyond fitness’ and enjoy an active,
balanced and fulfilled life in a smart and seamless way.”
The Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro are both water resistant and can be used in the pool to track your swim.
They also include the new Speedo swimming training app – Speedo On – so you can track your swim metrics, lap count, lap time and stroke type.
These new devices can also detect activity including walking, running, cycling and even other activities like dancing and basketball.
Samsung has also partnered with Under Armour to access fitness apps and Spotify for music streaming.
The new stylish smartwatch is designed for customers who lead an active lifestyle.
It has a circular bezel and a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display and an updated user interface so it’s easy to view information on the move.
The Gear Sport allows users to set health and wellness goals and receive nutrition management alerts and activity recommendations.
Available in blue and black, the Gear Sport has a rugged design with military-grade durability and an ergonomic form that can be accessorised with interchangeable standard 20mm straps.
Gear Sport can also be used to control Samsung IoT (Internet of Things) devices through Samsung Connect and act as a remote control for a PowerPoint presentation or Samsung Gear VR headset.
And you can use it to pay for things with Samsung Pay.
GEAR FIT2 PRO
The device has built-in swim and heart-rate monitoring as well as GPS tracking to map your ride or your run with accurate activity tracking.
It has a curved 1.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display so your notifications and updates are easy to read.
The Gear Fit2 Pro is available in black and red and has a sleek design so you can wear it every day as a stylish accessory.
You can well and truly cut the cord with the Gear IconX – they are wirefree earphones so you can not only enjoy your music on the move but also get more from your workout.
They automatically track your runs and includes a standalone Running Coach which is activated by simply tapping the earbud to provide in-ear audio exercise status updates in real time even without your phone.
Music can be stored on the device (it has 4GB of internal storage) so you can listen offline or streamed via Bluetooth from a Samsung smartphone or PC.
The Gear IconX can also tap into the new Bixby voice-activated assistant so you can take control of your music and your Samsung smartphone simply by talking to it.
The new updated design comes in black, gray and pink.
Australian pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to Berlin as a guest of LG