Samsung set to unveil third generation fitness tracker


According to VentureBeat, Samsung intends to introduce its latest fitness smartband, the Gear Fit2 Pro at its Unpacked event next week.

The article notes that the Fit2 Pro is actually the third fitness tracker from the South Korean manufacturer and builds on the Tizen-powered Gear Fit2 in a number of ways.

First and foremost is the addition of so-called 5 ATM water resistance, which will allow the band to be fully submerged and enables tracking during swimming workouts. The Gear Fit2, by comparison, is IP-68 certified against brief interactions with water, but is not submersible. The Fit2 Pro syncs up with the Speedo On app.

Another addition, one which makes the upcoming band more of a competitor against smartwatches, is music playback — including support for offline Spotify tracks. Like its predecessor, Gear Fit2 Pro also includes GPS functionality.

Finally, the Pro model offers a watch-style clasp that makes it more suitable for vigorous workouts, whereas the regular Fit2 only features a snap clasp. The band is compatible with both iOS and Android handsets, and includes a year’s subscription to Under Armour’s premium tier of digital services.

Pricing will be announced at the launch event next week.