The company is also using its stage at IFA to introduce the Gear Fit2 Pro, a new version of the company's fitness band that features most of the above mentioned tracking features, along with a more comfortable band. The Fit 2 Pro is perhaps unsurprisingly very similar in looks to the excellent Gear Fit 2 that was released late in 2017.
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. The South Korean tech giant also showcased next-generation earphone, the Gear IconX 2018. The Sport will go head-to-head with the Apple Watch Series 3 with rumored cellular connectivity, which could launch on September 12.
Today, we got the chance to try out the next iteration in Samsung's smartwatch line: the Gear Sport.
In a post on Twitter, Samsung shared a link to its website where those who are interested will be able to tune into the company's live stream for IFA 2017 which will be kicking off on the 30th of August, 2017 at 6PM CET. For the new swimming capabilities, Samsung partnered with swimming expert Speedo to create Speedo On, the first Speedo wearable app that accurately tracks pool exercises.
Samsung's Gear Sport runs on the Tizen operating system and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
The Gear Sport will be available with a black or blue strap. The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters (five atmospheres), so you can take is swimming no problem.
Aside for being used for multiple activities, Australians will have the choice between three form-factors, focusing specifically as a band with a curved AMOLED screen, a watch with a circular AMOLED display, and a pair of earphones with no display (because why would it need one).
In terms of traditional smartwatch features, there are, of course, staples like Samsung Pay and access to the third-party application storefront, as well as some goodies from the nice-to-have category like remote control for PowerPoint presentations or Samsung's own Gear VR. Samsung will open online preorders for the Gear Fit2 Pro tomorrow.
Samsung says that the updated design of the Gear IconX makes it more ergonomic and comfortable to wear. Despite looking nearly identical to the original models, they are actually a bit lighter and sport significantly longer battery life that Samsung says should allow for 5 hours of streaming audio via your phone, or 6 hours if you play music loaded directly onto the IconX's 4GB of onboard storage. Providing the ultimate cleaning solution, the POWERstick PROTM guarantees powerful cleaning performance, easy maintenance and a long-lasting battery.
What's more, these headphones also have 4GB of internal storage, allowing you to store your favorite songs and listen to them even without connecting to a smartphone via Bluetooth.