Samsung Introduces New Fitness Products

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31 August, 2017

Samsung held a press conference today at the IFA trade show in Berlin, where the company announced a new smartwatch, the Gear Sport.

Offline Spotify syncing is available in both the Gear Sport and the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro, the first time any smartwatch or tracker has had this feature (you can sync music to Android Wear smartwatches, but only through Google Play Music).

The Gear Sport is one of those smartwatches that could be confused with a real watch if you just glance at it. This is the type of technology that Samsung says will eventually become the "new normal" - technology we soon will be unable to live without.

For starters, the Gear Sport looks a whole lot better than the other options on the market, including the ugly new Fitbit Ionic. The Gear Sport also ups the military impact resistance rating of the Gear S3 for added peace of mind. It includes the ability to control Samsung IoT devices with Samsung Connect, the ability to act as a remote control for things like a Gear VR or even a PowerPoint presentation, and you can use it to purchase goods with Samsung Pay.

In terms of size, the Gear Sport's stainless steel body measures in at 42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6mm, and weighs 50g (without the band). Samsung has also designed matching watch faces for the straps.

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The Samsung Gear Sport inherits the key design feature of the Gear S3 from a year ago, with a rotating bezel surrounding the display. UnderArmour, on the other hand, will focus on sporting apps that will run on the tablet, while a version of Spotify will be able to be run on the new bands, providing a way to take Spotify music offline if you go running. While Samsung hasn't released pricing or availability for all the products yet, they'll likely arrive this fall. The earbuds are also your newest connection to Bixby6. They are both rated as water resistant to 5ATM and also carry MIL-STD-810G certification.

"Speedo is committed to inspiring more people to get into the pool to achieve their fitness goals".

And finally, the new Gear IconX 2018. The Samsung Gear Sport is powered by a dual-core chipset clocked at 1GHz, paired with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

Besides 5ATM water resistance and a slightly bigger curved display, one of the biggest improvements compared to Gear Fit2 include onboard Global Positioning System support. Available in Black and Red, its versatile design also makes it a stylish accessory.

The Samsung Gear Sport will work with Samsung Galaxy phones running Android 4.3 or later, other Android handsets with Android 4.4 or later and even on the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE and 5 using iOS 9.0 or later. It's smaller than the Gear S3, too, which is nice for anyone that thought Samsung's last smartwatch was a little too bulky. It features an industry-leading 150 watts of suction power and 40-minutes of battery time-twice as long as traditional batteries-with a battery lifespan of five years. The charging case has a 340mAh battery and can provide one extra charge on the go. At Samsung, we celebrate the everyday athlete - whether you're going for a light jog, or training for your next triathlon.


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