According to a report by Pulse, the new Samsung Gear Fit 2 is set to launch next month. The updated activity tracker will feature more robust health and fitness reporting, including a built-in GPS so users can better track their outdoor activities.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 improves upon the original Gear Fit by adding a bio-processor, which will measure the following information:
- Body fat
- Skeletal muscle mass
- Heart rate and rhythm
- Skin temperature
- Galvanic Skin Response (GSR)
GSR, which measures body temperature through the level of moisture on the skin, is already a feature of the Jawbone UP3 and UP4. But the Samsung Gear Fit 2 one-ups other devices by gathering all this information with just one chip, which reduces overall power consumption.
Samsung Gear Fit 2: What To Expect
With its all-in-one bio-processor, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 will be a key player in the evolution of activity monitors. The original Gear Fit model combined fitness tracking with smartwatch features, but it suffered from an awkwardly-sized screen and limitations posed by a Samsung-only device.
The Gear Fit 2's features suggest that Samsung wants to make it as easy as possible for users to get all of their fitness tracking and smartwatch needs in one simple piece of wearable tech. After all, the idea of a fitness tracker with smartwatch features melds together two audiences: fitness enthusiasts who want GPS capabilities, and smartwatch users who want better health tracking.
We also have high hopes for the Samsung Gear Fit 2's design: the Gear Fit 2 looks clean, not clunky — like a fashionable watch that can match any wardrobe. In fact, the Gear Fit 2's design puts it a step ahead of a direct competitor, the Microsoft Band 2. Up until now, the Band 2 was one of few wearables that combined fitness tracking with smartwatch features.
Samsung Gear Fit 2: Is The Price Worth It?
The Samsung Gear Fit currently costs around $149.99. With an added set of health monitoring data, we can safely assume that the Gear Fit 2 will hit the market at a higher price.
For the sake of comparison, the Microsoft Band 2 cost $249.99 when it first dropped. If Samsung matches that price, we're looking at a smartwatch with a pricetag that might not justify its features.
After all, Pebble remains a steadfast smartwatch with a far wider range of fitness apps — and its models are consistently priced under the $200 range. Fitbit Blaze is just $199.99 and offers call and text notifications, plus greater compatibility across a range of smartphones. That's something Samsung can't currently claim.
What do you think about the Samsung Gear Fit 2? What do you want to see from the company's next activity monitor? Let us know in the comments.