Samsung didn’t unveil a successor for the Gear S3 at the IFA 2017 but gave us a fitness focused smart watch alternative instead. The practical Samsung Gear Sport has less features than the Samsung Gear S3 but should more than suffice for those who are in the market for fitness features rather than smarts.
Samsung Gear Sport features:
- All day activity tracker
- Full colour always on AMOLED
- Wrist based heart rate measurements
- Tracks swim workouts with Speedo app
- GPS, GLONASS and Beidou enabled
- Powered by Samsung Tizen OS; compatible with Android and iOS
- 5 ATM water resistance
- Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11 b / g / n 2.4GHz and NFC enabled
- 4GB on board storage with 768 RAM
- Accelerometer, barometer, gyro and an ambient light sensor
- Samsung Pay compatible
- Control of Samsung IoT-enabled devices through Samsung Connect
- Act as a remote control, whether for a PowerPoint presentation or Samsung Gear VR headset
- 300 mAH battery with wireless charging
- Available in black or blue with changeable 20mm watch straps
One of the main features of the Samsung Gear Sport is its focus on enhancing the user’s fitness experience. The smart watch can record calorie intake balance and thereafter offer insights on how to stay on track.
The training guide app on connected mobile device offers up to 60 workouts function in tandem with the Gear Sport, on board heart rate monitor to record the fitness sessions.
A collaboration with Speedo will also bring about swim tracking capabilities to the Gear Sport. “Our Gear customers have been looking for more water-resistant products, and now with the Speedo partnership and the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, we are delivering the best experience to meet their demands,” said Kiseon Kim, Vice President of Wearable Product Strategy Team at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. So users can expect to track their pool swim lap time and stroke type with the Samsung Gear Sport.
Samsung has also imbued the Gear Sport with features such as Samsung Pay, controlling Samsung IoT-enabled devices, and even function as a remote for powerpoint presentations.
Along with impressive hardware, these non-core add on features are what makes Samsung wearables appealing compared to its competition.
The Samsung Gear S3 shipped with am380 mAH battey compared to the 300mAH on the Gear Sport. If Samsung can optimise battey usage on the Gear Sport, this might just be be the dark horse wearable for 2017.
The Samsung Gear Sport will ship in Q4 2017 and price is unavailable as of publication.