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Samsung Gear Sport hands-on

Samsung Gear Sport hands-on

Samsung already has a pretty good idea on what makes a good wearable, and this week it's announcing a few new variants created to push this even more.

The tracking app, Speedo On, will feature on Samsung's new Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro devices. The Gear Fit2 Pro sports a curved 1.5-inch display and inbuilt Global Positioning System, and like the Gear Sport, is water-resistant up to 50 metres. It's not meant to replace that watch, but it's a smaller and you might say more fun wearable with an assortment of band options and numerous features that have made Samsung's wearables notable.

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. The Sport will go head-to-head with the Apple Watch Series 3 with rumored cellular connectivity, which could launch on September 12. Among other things, the Gear Sport is smaller than the S3, with a 42.9mm face, versus 46mm.

The Samsung Gear Sport boasts a 1.2-inch fully circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360. I didn't get as close a look at the Gear Fit2 or the Icon X earbuds - but maybe that's just as well, given how much the newer models improve upon their forebears. This caused audio to cut out while streaming music to the earbuds from your phone, especially in congested cities like NY.

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The Gear Sport follows the design cues laid down by the Gear S3 previous year, though it's a little thinner and smaller, with a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display running at a 360 x 360 pixel resolution. Samsung's band now features heart rate monitoring and well as swim tracking (powered by Speedo). The South Korean tech giant also showcased next-generation earphone, the Gear IconX 2018. As IFA unfolds this week, expect to hear more about Samsung's latest wearables. These earbuds are compatible with the smartphones running on Android 4.4 or later with at least 1.5GB of RAM.

The Gear Sport comes with automatic activity tracking, and it'll sync to Samsung Health to help you keep an eye on all your workouts and activities in one place. But hey, if you just need a metric for identifying the differences in intensity and duration of your exercise each day, it will probably suffice.

The device was revealed alongside the Gear Fit 2 Pro, a lightweight waterproof wearable aimed at swimmers, and the Gear IconX 2018.

The Gear Fit2 Pro will be available in Q4 2017, most likely with an October release date. For the fitness enthusiast, the Gear IconX automatically tracks your running routines, and also features the standalone Running Coach function which can be activated by simply tapping the earbud to provide in-ear audio7 exercise status updates - in real-time and without your phone.