Samsung launches Gear Sport and new wearables ahead of IFA 2017

Through exciting collaborations with iconic fitness brands like Under Armour and Speedo, the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport set a new benchmark for what Australians can expect from their wearables.

Launched at IFA 2017 the Speedo On swim tracking app will be featured on Samsung's new Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro. The new products include the Gear Sport smartwatch and the Gear Fit2 Pro fitness tracker.

That makes it smaller and lighter than the Samsung Gear S3 - which is what you want if you're going to be working out or playing sport while wearing the watch. This is the type of technology that Samsung says will eventually become the "new normal" - technology we soon will be unable to live without.

The Gear Fit2 Pro is more of a fitness band, including Global Positioning System tracking and a 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display.

In addition, Gear Sport will be able to control Samsung's IoT devices, act as a remote control, pay for goods using NFC.

As we expected it's a waterproof (to 50m) fitness band with a curved AMOLED display, which comes in black or red.

The Gear Sport is a little smaller than the Gear S3 at 42.9mm, and it features standard pins for 20 mm bands with a wide variety of colorful North Atlantic Treaty Organisation watch straps in both traditional nylon and a hybrid rubber and leather variation.

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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. Spotify Run playlists are supported and Samsung is looking at bringing playback bpm controls to match your pace. The Gear Fit2 Pro was also announced as an update to last year's Fit2 model. It will ship with a silicon band by default and a new collection of watch faces.

Samsung said it also joined ties with USA 20th Century Fox and Japan-based Panasonic expand the ecosystem for the High Dynamic Range (HDR) 10 Plus technology.

The cord-free earphone, the Gear IconX 2018, allows users not only to enjoy music, but also keeps track of users' exercise-related information.

How much does the Gear Fit2 Pro cost? The watch comes in black and blue variants. It is compatible with phones running on Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7.0 or higher.

The biggest differences here between the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro is really the form factor. The Sport is, in part, a chance to appeal to a wider range of wrists, and it's also an attempt for Samsung to reconfirm its commitment to health wearables. 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.

Each earbud has an 82mAh battery while the charging case sports an additional 340mAh battery capacity.

  • Douglas Reid