The Samsung Gear Fit 2 has a model number of SM-R360; the new Gear Fit2 Pro with its model number SM-R365 appears to be an upgraded version of the device, though Samsung could sell this alongside the Gear Fit2 as a more expensive, luxury fitness tracker option. The new Gear Fit2 Pro appears similar in design to the Gear Fit2, and, like its predecessor, will be compatible with both iPhones and Android 8.0 (Android O)-powered devices. The Gear Fit2 is compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher (including Marshmallow and Nougat), and we presume the Gear Fit2 Pro won’t prove any different in this regard.
The Gear Fit2 Pro also comes with a curved glass design, though, in contrast to the Gear Fit2, the Pro model will cover the entire screen. 5ATM water resistance will replace the IP68 water and dust resistance of the Gear Fit2 and make the device more swimmer-friendly. A watch-like clasp will make it more of a luxury device than other fitness trackers in Samsung’s past. In-built GPS will help users keep track of distances and terrain navigation as they run, walk, and jog through neighbourhoods.
Other features include Bluetooth 4.2 LE (no Bluetooth 5.0), single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (no 802.11ac), the Speed On app for Gear Fit2 Pro device syncing, Spotify offline music playback, along with a free, one-year subscription to Under Armour. There is no word on the price of the Gear Fit2 Pro, nor its impact upon the Gear Fit2’s removal or maintenance on the world market.
While the Gear Fit2 Pro will be a fitness tracker, plain and simple, the Korean giant looks to bring a device to market that will blur the lines between smartwatches and fitness trackers. The new hybrid device will be dubbed the Gear Sport, and, according to the FCC filing for the device, it appears to be bezel-less, all-screen, capitalizing on its new all-screen design in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (and upcoming Galaxy Note 8).
The Samsung Gear Sport has been certified by the FCC as of this past weekend. We’re now getting to see new images of the device, which hints that it’s close to a product unveiling and hence, market arrival.
Rumors state that Samsung will unveil the Gear Fit2 Pro and the new hybrid Gear Sport next month alongside of the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The prices of these wearables are unknown at this time, but what tech enthusiasts should wonder about is why Samsung doesn’t have a Gear S3 successor (what many would call the Gear S4) in the wings running an updated version of Tizen. Its absence is curious, to say the least.