Samsung Gear Fit brings a curved display to a health-tracking band

Samsung Gear Fit brings a curved display to a health-tracking band
The Samsung Unpacked event in Barcelona has just gotten started, but we're already getting word about a brand new device that we didn't know about before. We knew that the Samsung Galaxy S5 was going to be announced (and we've gotten our hands on it), and we saw the new Gear 2 and Gear Neo smartwatches running Tizen, but Samsung also has a new health tracking wearable to announce: the Gear Fit.

The big marketing point of the Gear Fit is the curved Super AMOLED display, which Samsung says is the first of its kind on a health-tracking wearable. The display is 1.84-inches with a resolution of 432x128. As far as functionality, the Gear Fit is a bit more reserved than your typical Samsung device, but it will offer a pedometer, exercise tracker, heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, stopwatch, and timer for the fitness side of things. But, just in case you want a bit more, the Fit will also bring you notifications of new emails, calls, SMS, and other apps, as well as options to control your media from the band and the same exercise "coach" that you'll find in S Health on the Galaxy S5.

The Gear Fit will offer a bit of customization with swappable bands in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey, and maybe best of all, Samsung is claiming 3-4 days of battery life with "typical usage". The design looks nice overall, but could be a bit awkward given the orientation of the information on the display. Usually, you want information on a wrist wearable to read in line parallel to your arm, but the Gear Fit is oriented perpendicular to your arm. 

The Fit will be available globally starting in April, but Samsung hasn't yet announced the price for the device. Samsung announced that the new Gear devices would be compatible with 17 Galaxy devices, but no word on compatibility with devices that don't carry the Galaxy name.


source: Samsung

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18 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

This is Huawei Smartwatch LOL :D

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Samsung really messed up this years MWC.

5. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

The question is that should i spend 100s of dollars to track my heart rate? Id rather buy a proper machine for half the price which will work as a standalone device and will be more accurate

2. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Is it just me or does the Galaxy S5 back cover really look hideous?

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol it's like band-aid combined with styrofoam

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

You know I just said what a disappointment, the moment I read the hands-on. Now, when I watch the livestream and Samsung continues introducing the features of S5 and other stuff, it now seems to me a nice little upgrade from S4, like the Z2 is to the Z1. Just perfecting the S4, I think. Anyway, I will wait for the Note 4.

7. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Hmmm, depending on the price I might pick this up. Unless it only works with Samsung devices.

10. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

In the presentation they said this will be compatible with 20 Galaxy devices. The Gear 2 only 17 Galaxy devices. Wanted one of this for my HTC One

8. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice, especially the Gear Fit. but only compatible with a samsung galaxy device, what a way to limit sales. Make available to all Android phones

9. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So Samsung is copying LG now? LG showed off the Life Band LAST YEAR!

13. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And Samsung showed it even before. But ended up not releasing it and rather focus on releasing the Gear. We all know who copies who in South Korea, do your homework and use google before you make a fool of yourself.

14. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Can you please provide a source because I do not recall Samsung announcing any Activity Tracker with a touch screen curved display prior to CES 2013. Oh and LG had the First DualCore Smartphone, First QuadCore Smartphone, First 1080p Display, Case with Window? LG and Beat Samsung to support Qi. Seriously, the amount of hate LG gets for "copying Samsung" is unfounded most of the time.

16. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Um, HTC had the first phone with 1080P display, Oppo had the second, and Sony had the third. So, um, yeah.

17. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I never said the first phone, i said the first display. LG was the first manufacturer to show off a LCD Display with a resolution of 1080p.

11. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This thing is probably better than the S5

12. shimshim

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

this is a knock off of fitbit. even the name is same. guess copying is really paying off for the kores.

15. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

I am waiting for a pipboy like device.

18. expansys1

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2010

Just got my shipping confirmation on my Gear Fit from Expansys!

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