A first look at Samsung's three new wearables


Samsung Australia hasn't announced local pricing or availability for the new fitness wearables just yet, but Samsung Australia did issue a statement from Garry McGregor, Director, IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia that would seem to indicate that local releases for all three products were likely.

The Gear Fit2 Pro is also water resistant down to 50m.

Samsung is also promising improved battery life of up to four hours - more than enough for a big run - even a marathon in some cases. The Sport will go head-to-head with the Apple Watch Series 3 with rumored cellular connectivity, which could launch on September 12.

The easiest way to think of the Gear Sport is as the Gear S3 with a sporty twist, as indeed the name suggests.

The Gear Sport is positioned as more of a smartwatch designed for active lifestyles. These earbuds can also stream music via Bluetooth 4.2.

The last accessory announced by Samsung was the Gear IconX (2018) cord-free earbuds.

The Gear Sport comes with integrated Global Positioning System and an improved heart rate tracker, and waterproofing is included for the first time - it can stand up to 50 meters (164 ft) of submersion underwater, and has built-in swim-tracking capabilities too.

Oil prices down as United States reels from Harvey
Previously, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced a fall of 5.780 million barrels in USA crude stocks in the last week. Flooding from Hurricane Harvey is devastating the Houston and Galveston areas of Texas, major hubs for USA oil refining.

Samsung has partnered with various companies for enhanced user experience. With Running Coach, for example, the Gear IconX becomes your own personal trainer, giving you updates and tips even without your phone nearby.

Premium Partnerships: Daily activity can be supplemented with updated Under Armour and Spotify partnerships... access to Under Armour's fitness apps including UA Record™, MyFitnessPal®, MapMyRun® and Endomondo™ for activity, nutrition, sleep, and fitness tracking functions.

To its credit, Samsung hasn't messed around with the Gear Sport's controls, which are still the best on any smartwatch to date thanks to its rotating bezel and the two buttons built into the right side of the device.

Both devices are powered by 1.0GHz dual-core processors and offer 4GB of internal storage, but whereas the watch has 768MB of RAM, the fitness band only has 512MB.

There's no specific price for the Gear Sport yet, but expect a price somewhere between $200 and $300 ($300 is about £230 or AU$375). And both Gear Sport and Fit2 Pro are able to track your swims, such as lap count, lap time and stroke type, using Speedo On training app. The Gear Fit2 Pro also comes with heart rate sensor, gyroscope and barometer.

Samsung has launched two fitness-focused smartwatches and a pair of wireless earbuds that work with its voice assistant Bixby, reports CNBC.

That storage space will come in useful if you're a Spotify subscriber, as the Gear Sport supports the streaming service's offline mode.