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

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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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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30 6

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

This is Huawei Smartwatch LOL :D

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:38 4

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Samsung really messed up this years MWC.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:43 2

5. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:38 5

2. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:39 4

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Lol it's like band-aid combined with styrofoam

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:47

6. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; Member since: 20 Jul 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:58

7. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:04

10. Lauticol (Posts: 376; Member since: 25 Jun 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:58 2

8. surethom (Posts: 967; Member since: 04 Mar 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:59

9. egbtmagus (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:28 2

13. maherk (Posts: 4860; Member since: 10 Feb 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:34

14. egbtmagus (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Apr 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.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 21:34

16. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 20:43

17. egbtmagus (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Apr 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:12 1

11. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

This thing is probably better than the S5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:22

12. shimshim (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:58 1

15. hulk_14 (Posts: 71; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)

I am waiting for a pipboy like device.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 10:01

18. expansys1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Dec 2010)

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

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