The Gear Sport handles all of the fitness tracking you expect from Samsung's wearables, including S Health integration water resistance and swim tracking, and heart rate monitoring, but there were some compromises made. The new fitness-focused smartwatch arrives a few days after Fitbit finally debuted its long-awaited Ionic device, the latest in a growing acceptance among hardware makers that activity tracking continues to be the prime driver in the wearables space, smartwatches, included.
"Designed with military-level durability in mind", the Samsung Gear Sport is also impressively thin (11.6 mm) and lightweight (50 grams without interchangeable 20mm bands taken into account).
Previous year we got two variants of the Gear S3, but this time around it looks like Samsung has put all its eggs in one basket with the Gear Sport.
More than just announcing new products, Samsung is also announcing partnerships for those products.
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Revealing the partnership overnight in Berlin, Germany, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Speedo International Ltd. are launching a new platform to help swimmers track their activity. The Fit 2 Pro is rated 5 ATM for water-resistance, meaning it'll withstand depths of 50m and won't be damaged after long sessions in the pool. The Gear IconX also comes with Bixby compatibility where you can tap and hold to control different functions with your voice. I'm still highly dubious about any device that claims to accurately measure calories, and when I challenged Samsung to specify how accurate it thinks its wearables are, the company said it had nothing available to publish. Again, there's 4 GB of internal room, paired with a dual-core processor. It contains the same 4GB of storage as the Gear Sport, but only 512MB RAM, instead of 768MB. While the original Gear IconX has poor battery life, the company has substantially improved it with the new earbuds.
If we're talking Gear Sport versus Apple Watch, the divide is simple: The Apple Watch works on Apple devices, and the Gear Sport works on Android.
With instant access to new tracking app Speedo On, the Gear Sport (pictured) and Gear Fit2 Pro become the ideal companion for any swim. Samsung has added NFC capability to the Gear Sport as well, so that users are able to use Samsung Pay. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Fitness band comes out in two variants - one small sized and another large sized. It'll get you four hours of talk time.
Now the Gear IconX 2018 is not a fitness tracker, but rather a pair of truly wireless earbuds.