Samsung quietly unveils the Gear Fit 2 Pro just ahead of the Galaxy Note 8 launch event
Update: It appears this was a slip-up on some poor Samsung employee's part, rather than an actual announcement, as the product pages have now been taken down. However, we made sure to archive them, so check out the mirror linked at the bottom instead.
As we're speaking, Samsung is getting ready to launch its next flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 8, but that's not the only mobile device the company will be presenting soon. We've also been hearing rumors of a successor to the company's Gear Fit 2 for quite some time now — in fact, we've already seen leaked renders and specs of the device.
However, the device seems to have just quietly gone official, as Samsung's Spanish and Malaysian websites now have the device's official promo pages up for anyone to see — which is a bit weird for Samsung, considering we've seen no official public announcement yet.
As it turns out, the Gear Fit 2 Pro is just a slight upgrade over the Gear Fit 2 — besides the new, prettier straps, the device looks almost the same on the outside. However, there's a couple of new additions under the surface which should be welcome to wearables enthusiasts.
Slight upgrades over an already great deviceOne is the ability to withstand 5 ATM of pressure, which means it can safely be submerged up to 50 meters underwater. And to complement the new feature, a Speedo-branded swim tracking app can now be found on the device. Previous leaks also suggested the Fit 2 Pro will get support for offline Spotify playback, though that is nowhere to be found on the promo pages.
But besides that, the Fit 2 Pro is largely the same as the Fit 2 — it has the same curved AMOLED display, an unchanged 200 mAh battery capacity, and still uses Samsung's own Tizen OS and its integrated workout detection algorithms.
The release date of the Fit 2 Pro is still a mystery, unfortunately, though given the pages' publishing date, we expect the device to make its official debut later today, alongside the Galaxy Note 8. (Nope, the Gear Fit 2 was a no-show at the Galaxy Unpacked event, so expect to see it at Samsung's IFA showing at the end of the month instead). As for the price, Samsung's site doesn't have one listed, but previous rumors have suggested a $199 price tag in the U.S.