Samsung officially announces the Gear Fit 2 Pro with 5 ATM water resistance and improved strap design
Just last week, at least two local Samsung websites published the official product pages for one of the company's latest wearables, the Gear Fit 2 Pro. And while we were sitting there wondering whether this was a weird but deliberate decision on Samsung's part, all the info was pulled, proving it was actually just mistake.
Gear Sport unveiled alongside it.But today at the Korean giant's pre-IFA press conference, the Gear Fit 2 Pro was finally made official, this time for real. And just as we've already seen, it's little more than an update on an already existing (but still quite good) device, rather than an entirely new model like the
A slight upgrade over the Gear Fit 2The major difference between the Fit 2 and its Pro variant is definitely the design: the new model comes with two great-looking new strap options. One is the slightly more understated all-black one, featuring inset striped pattern, and the other is a stylish black-and red with a three-dimensional geometric pattern. But they're also functionally better, as they now use a buckle strap, which should provide a much better hold that the original's.
The second big new feature is one made to appease the more hardcore users out there: the Fit 2 Pro has considerably better water resistance than the original, and can now survive up to 5 ATM (50 meters underwater) of pressure. In practical terms, this makes the device accessible to swimmers — which is also the reason why the device will be launching with a new, Speedo-branded swim tracking app on board.
But besides that, this is the same old Gear Fit 2, down to the 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 200 mAh battery, GPS support, and Tizen operating system. It will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, August 31, from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Macy's and Samsung.com. Its price is set at $199, which is just $20 on top of the original's price.