Samsung Gear Sport dumps the Gear S3’s style for fitness-tracking substance

first_imgThe Gear Sport, launched by Samsung ahead of IFA 2017 in Berlin, is not a Gear S3 replacement. The Gear S3, launched by Samsung last year, still remains to be the king in the North as far as the South Korean major’s trysts with fitness/smart wearable technology is concerned. With the newly launched Gear Sport, Samsung is only looking to give — fitness conscious — buyers one more option to invest in its fitness/smart wearable technology ecosystem: an ecosystem that’s still trying hard to figure out its loyalties. The Gear Sport, as far as first impressions are concerned, looks like a fitness tracker masquerading as a smartwatch, and that’s a good thing.Unlike the Gear S3, the Gear Sport is lighter, thinner, lacks cellular connectivity, and is also swim-proof. It’s also supposedly more affordable than the top-tier Gear S3, although Samsung is yet to announce pricing and availability specifics of its new fitness/smart wearable. Samsung has also gone ahead and made healthy collaborations with Speedo, Under Armour and Spotify to make its new fitness/smart wearable more relevant.The Gear Sport, because it is 5 ATM-certified, is “safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering, and may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or the ocean. However, the Gear Sport should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth,” according to Samsung. And while you’re at it, you can also track your progress with the new Speedo On app. The Gear Sport, in addition, is also MIL-STD-810G certified so it can technically survive harsh environment.advertisementA suit of Under Armour apps — the Gear Sport will offer a one year subscription to go along — will, on the other hand, allow users to track what fitness activities they’re doing. The Gear Sport, for your reference, comes with GPS to allow for that functionality. Samsung’s new fitness/smart wearable will also allow users to listen to their Spotify playlists offline even when they’re away from their phone.Also Read: Samsung Gear S3 is thick and chunky for a reasonIf that wasn’t enough, the Gear Sport, can also be used to stream workout videos to a Samsung TV and remote controlling a Gear VR headset.In terms of hardware specs, the Gear Sport, unlike the Gear S3, comes with a smaller 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixels resolution which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport also comes with a Full Colour Always-On Display mode – taken from Samsung’s Galaxy range of phones – which, according to Samsung, allows the screen to display 16 million colours even during sleep mode.The fitness/smart wearable is compatible with any 20mm watch band, and Samsung will additionally sell its own hand-crafted straps for it.The Gear Sport is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor clubbed with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, much like the Gear S3. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS.Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport also runs Tizen-based Wearable Platform and features a round dial with a rotating bezel, deeply integrated with the wearable’s Tizen OS. Sensors on-board the Gear Sport include: accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyro, and a continuous heart-rate monitor.Unlike the Gear S3 however, the new Gear Sport is backed by a smaller 300mAh battery, but it is still rated to deliver up to four days of battery life on moderate usage. The Gear Sport is compatible with all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 and upwards with 1.5GB+ RAM with support. It is compatible with iOS devices like the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 as well provided they’re running iOS 9 and upwards.Samsung, at its pre-IFA press briefing, also announced a revamped version of the Gear Fit 2 wearable and the Gear Icon X wireless ear-buds. While the 2018-edition of the Gear Icon X comes with improved battery life: up to five hours of music streaming or seven hours of standalone music playback (with the complimentary charging case offering one complete charge) and support for Samsung’s Bixby AI, the new Gear Fit 2 Pro gets 5 ATM and MIL-STD-810G certifications.last_img

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