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

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.

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



9. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 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.

8. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So a Band with less stuff but more battery?

5. surethom

Posts: 1778; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

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

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

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

3. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

They should make a successor to the Gear Fit.

11. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

yes please

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

17mAh, 18's a low power draw.

4. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

it should be 170mAh right?

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

1. Unordinary unregistered

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..

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