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Samsung's Charm wearable is a stylish fitness tracker that relays smartphone notifications

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The Samsung Charm, a stylish barbones fitness tracker

The Samsung Charm, a stylish barbones fitness tracker


Among the many official accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge that the manufacturer announced at this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress, hidden among the cases, covers, and battery packs, you'll find the Samsung Charm.

The Samsung Charm is an accessory for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge that's designed to look like an actual piece of jewlery while also integrating basic fitness tracking capabilities. The Charm comes in two versions, rectangular and square-shaped, with three color options — Rose Quartz, black and gold.

Unlike a smartwatch, which is designed to show complex information on their (usually OLED) displays, the Charm uses a small LED to show notifications from the connected handset. Through the Samsung Charm app, the wearable can connect with Galaxy S7-series phones over Bluetooth LE.

Samsung's Charm wearable is a stylish fitness tracker that relays smartphone notifications

The Samsung Charm only comes with a 17mAh battery, but thanks to the low energy consumption of both the LED panel and the wireless connection, the wearable is listed with an autonomy of up to 18 days.

The wearable also doubles as a barebones fitness tracker that can count steps and track walking/running distances. All of this data can be exported to the S Health app, Samsung's central hub for fitness information.

Unfortunately, as the Charm was announced alongside other accessories for the Galaxy S7 series, we wouldn't bet on compatibility with previous-generation Samsung handsets. 

On the other hand, the Charm remains an interesting accessory type which could aid Samsung in gaining more traction in the wearable market. As such, maybe the Samsung Charm will not be limited to the Galaxy S7 series. We have contacted Samsung with hopes to clarify the compatibility details, and we'll update this post as soon as the information is available.

source: Samsung

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posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:07 2

1. Unordinary (Posts: 1444; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Looks really uncomfortable to be wearing on your wrist at a gym or on a field, heck even running...the top part being flat and then coming to an abrupt curve and all..

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:11 10

2. xondk (Posts: 1290; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


17mAh, 18 days......now...that's a low power draw.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 15:30

4. bubblechaos (Posts: 114; Member since: 04 May 2015)


it should be 170mAh right?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 15:57

6. xondk (Posts: 1290; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well...depends on how they go about it but yeah most likely when I think about it. Less impressive, but even so not bad, there's been a lot of new battery stuff done of late so an ultra low draw, especially for a relatively simple device (which is all it needs be in my opinion) is not too surprising.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:11 9

3. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


They should make a successor to the Gear Fit.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:42

11. willywanta (Posts: 248; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


yes please

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 15:48

5. surethom (Posts: 626; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Awful so much for Samsung innovative curved screens that screen is way to flat it should be curved like the Microsoft band 2.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 03:19

10. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


It looks like Samsung is more of a fan of the Microsoft Band 1.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 18:59 2

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 5172; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


So a Band with less stuff but more battery?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 19:18

8. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


This looks like a lighter version of the Microsoft Band 1. Of course, there is nothing on the market in the same class as the Band 1 or Band 2.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 23:06

9. fiji.siv (Posts: 52; Member since: 25 Nov 2015)


Or get the Xiaomi Mi Band which is already available for less than $20 and has a 30 day charge. Then load 'Mi Band Notify & Fitness' or 'Mi Band Tools' from the Play Store and it'll work with any Android phone, not just the latest from Sammy.

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