Samsung on Thursday announced its second-generation Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker alongside the Gear IconX – truly wireless earbuds. The fitness tracker is the successor of the original Samsung Gear Fit that was released in 2014. The activity trackers boast an updated design, built-in GPS, improved features, and the ability to automatically track certain activities, including running, walking, cycling, or utilizing rowing machine or elliptical trainer.
Priced at $179 (approx. Rs. 12,000), the activity tracker will go on sale starting June 10. The new Gear Fit 2 is more flexible that its predecessor but literally it’s bigger. It has a 1.5-inch curved super AMOLED display with a resolution of 216 x 432 pixels. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
You don’t have to turn your wrist every time to view the display, as all of the data is displayed vertically on your wrist, which most of the wristbands fails to fulfill this feature. Apart from tracking usual workout activities, the Gear Fit 2 also tracks personal health metrics such as steps, sleep, heart rate and various activities. You can view your daily activities in a timeline view, because again, that big display. It even shows various notifications from your smartphone via Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 comes with a dedicated Spotify app. You can store music locally on the device, that has 4GB storage, use the bad a remote control for other music apps, and you also play Spotify from your wrist. So you can listen to music in three different ways.
Provided the device with a large display and GPS functionality, it comes with a 200mAh battery that Samsung says it can last up to 4 days of typical usage and up to 5 days of standby time. The Gear Fit 2 works only with Android devices running version 4.4 and above, whereas there are several activity tracker out on the market that works with several mobile platform and some even with a desktop.
However, Samsung says that Gear Fit 2 can be used independently of a smartphone but we aren’t sure how worth the limitations would be. Then you won’t get smart notifications from your smartphone in case you have an iPhone, and you’d only be able to look at your workout data directly on the wristband.
The Gear Fit 2 is an IP68 certified device that can withstand immersion for up to 30 minutes submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water. Samsung is highly bidding on this tech gadget, and of course, it will have a notable share in the wearables market but it has its own snags.