While the main focus lies towards smartphones, tablets and computers; smart wearables are also starting to gain traction with the involvement of many tech start-ups, focusing their investments and research into making smart watches and fitness trackers more viable to people’s needs. With many other start-ups paving the way for health trackers, the tech powerhouse Samsung has decided to join in on the action.
The device, Gear Fit 2, has plenty of features such as sleep tracking, heart rate monitor, GPS tracking and much more. It can also function on its own without a phone. The OS that it runs on is called Tizen OS.
At a price of $179.99, the fitness tracker comes with black, blue and pink colors and two sizes. It is waterproof and has a clear vertical display which makes it easy to view in bright light conditions. Pre-orders for the device have already begun in the United States on Samsung’s website, and units will start shipping in 7-10 business days.
The Gear Fit 2 features a 1.5 Super AMOLED touch screen display with a resolution of 216×432 pixel, an Exynos 3250 SoC with a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB storage space, 400 mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The weight of the device is 30gms, and has a water and dust resistance rating.
In addition to the wristband, Samsung also revealed the Gear IconX wireless earphones, which can monitor your heartbeat while you listen to music. Other competitors for Samsung’s fitness trackers include the recently released Mi Band 2 by Xiaomi. Samsung offers mostly generic features in its wristband, so there isn’t much right now that would make the Gear Fit 2 a diamond in the rough, but now that Samsung has dipped its toes in the water, there could be much more to come.