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Samsung's Gear Sport now has Modern Fitness Tracking

31 August, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Accompanying the new Gear Sport smartwatch, Samsung is introducing a new fitness band, in the shape of the Gear Fit2 Pro, that shares the same highlight feature of being able to track swimming.

Samsung has unveiled a trio of new wearables aimed at fitness enthusiasts and music lovers.

We're waiting to hear from Samsung about the Gear Sport release date and price.

That gives you a 302ppi pixel density, which in short means the screen should be sharp and clear, as well as colorful thanks to Samsung's AMOLED screen technology.

Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport features a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display running at a resolution of 360x360pixels and pixel density of 302ppi. Samsung says it's salt- and freshwater-ready.

Samsung is emphasizing the health and fitness aspects of this watch. That includes water resistance to 5 ATM, allowing wearers to go up to 50 meters (165 feet) underwater while in a pool or the ocean. There's the Gear Sport smartwatch, which you can take in the pool with you, and the Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker, which boasts Global Positioning System and offline Spotify support for taking your tunes on the go.

As far as fitness features are concerned, you still get a heart rate monitor and there's an accelerometer to automatically track runs with a new Running Coach mode that will pipe in updates in real-time to keep you on track. Samsung Gear Sport is powered by a dual core processor. However, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. Still, Tizen has become dramatically more usable over the years, and at least holds its own when it comes to fitness and notifications.

Samsung has been making inroads ever since it started producing phone-connected watches, and this year, the company is using IFA in Germany as the place to showcase where it plans to go to next, and the news is good if you happen to like running, kicking, or just walking very fast.

Most of the specs are the same as for the Gear Sport, barring the 30% lighter weight, less RAM and different form factor that occupies a lot less space on your wrist.

The charging case is smaller than before, supports quick charging and you can get a full charge of it (total capacity of 340 mAh).

Perhaps one of the most useful upgrades with the Gear Sport is a new selection of fitness programs that come with video tutorials.

The easiest way to think of the Gear Sport is as the Gear S3 with a sporty twist, as indeed the name suggests. Naturally you'll need to have your phone with you for this to work. That defeats the one major selling point of Samsung Pay.

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