Samsung is a little too cool for shows like Computex these days, but that didn’t stop them from revealing some new products this week. Samsung is releasing a set of new fitness-friendly wearables as an alternative to their usual smartwatches. The Gear Fit2 is a fitness band with built-in GPS, while the Gear IconX is a sleek pair of wireless earbuds that don’t even require a cable to connect the two earpieces.
The Gear Fit2 is a follow-up to the original Samsung fitness band, adding some new features that might not come as too big of a surprise. In general, hardware makers have been realizing that sometimes runners want to leave their phones at home — many of the best trackers now have solid standalone functionality. That goes for the Gear Fit2, which has added its own GPS chip to record routes. Samsung has also added a heart rate monitor to supplement the usual metrics of steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. If you do have your phone with you, the Fit2 can act as a smartwatch, pushing notifications to your wrist and allowing you to respond to text messages. As for music, there’s 4 GB of internal storage and a dedicated Spotify app, although you’ll need your phone with you to use it.
The Super AMOLED display has grown to 1.5″, big enough to see a map of where you’ve run plus information about splits and total time and distance traveled. As usual with better trackers, the Fit2 will be able to auto-detect when you’re running, cycling, or walking, although it’ll also be able to tell if you’re using a rowing machine or an elliptical machine. Doesn’t sound like the Fit2 will be suitable for swimming, though.
The Gear IconX earbuds aren’t necessarily a companion to the Fit2, although they can be. These earbuds are fitness trackers in their own right, albeit without the GPS chip found in the fitness band. They can still check heart rate, though, which is a pretty sweet addition for a pair of fairly small earbuds. The earbuds have touch controls for volume and track skipping using taps and swipes, and even have 4 GB of internal storage. Unsurprisingly for earbuds of this size, battery life is pretty short at a few hours (less if streaming music from a phone), but they do come in a charging case that can juice them up again twice over.
Both devices only work with phones running Android 4.4 or later. Not too surprising — like Apple, Samsung seems mostly content to focus on their own user base of Galaxy owners, making integration with their S Health app in particular a snap. If you’re interested, the Gear Fit2 will be available June 10 for $180, with the Gear IconX following in Q3 for $200.