Samsung's new Gear IconX wireless earphones could fix the first-gen model's biggest problem


Samsung's first foray into the wireless earphone space wasn't exactly a grand slam. The first-gen Gear IconX had a lot of features that remain unique to this day, such as a built-in music player for phone-free listening as well as an integrated fitness tracker and heart rate monitor. However, the biggest drawback of the wearable was its poor battery life, which, quite understandably, was a deal breaker for most consumers. 

Well, it looks like Samsung isn't ready to give up just yet, as the tech giant just unveiled version 2.0 of its wireless earphones at IFA. Before we dive into the new features, let's tackle the battery life question. Sammie promises a battery life of up to five hours if you stream through your phone and up to six hours of standalone music playing. This certainly sounds promising, but we'll see if real-life use is up to par with these claims. 

Moving on, the new Gear IconX (2018) will be compatible with Bixby. This will allow users to control their Samsung phone with their voice without the need to hold it. Apart from that, users will also be able to benefit from a built-in music player with 4GB of internal storage, as well as tracking for running routines and a standalone Running Coach that can provide in-ear audio exercise status updates without the need for a phone.

The new earbuds will be available in Black, Gray, and Pink, but there's no information on their price or actual release date. Judging from their official name, we're guessing that we'll have to wait until next year before they hit the shelves.


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28 Comments

1. NCAAtourney

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Those look horrible

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, like Apple's white earrings look so much better right. Not to mention Apple's earrings have next to no features.

2. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Those look terrible.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

As compare to what? Apple cheaptastic poor sounding no feature having earbuds? They look basically the same as last model. No they aren't ugly. You just don't like because of the OEM who makes them. I'm actually surprised you said one of the Gear devices looked good.

3. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol what kind of crack are the isheep on? If those look terrible wth do airpods look like? Now those look terrible!

4. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They both look terrible.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Agreed. Both are poor design but at least the icons are more subtle.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Subtle? They look like anal beads though. On the other hand, If you mean the color, then I agree.

9. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

It's your choice, an anal bead or a tampon hanging from your ears.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dude how do you come up with this s**t xD?

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? That's why all the other earbuds being sold, fit in your ears and are nearly invisible and that is the design most OEM's are using and no one is using Apple ugly poor taste in design. The Icon X not only look better than the AirPod as an example, they sound better too. Come with adapters to make them fit more ears vs Apple where if they don't fit your ears your alternative is to buy 3rd party adapters to try to make them fit. But Apple to lazy to include them, yet charge $160?! Icon X are 100% standalone something no other offers. No one else has storage on the the headphones to transfer music and listen. No one else has fitness tracking. And they are 100% manageable with just a couple touches. No stupid Siri go to next track BS. One touch pause, 2 touch forward, 3 touch backwards, long press to activate fitness tracking which sync automatically when its connected back to your phone. This is where we can plainly see how Apple has totally screw up your brain. You are for form over function which is exactly what all Apple products are about. Look with no substance. Are you married? You have a drop dead gorgeous chick? Is she physically stunning and only has a 6th grade level education? Because that sounds like your ideal girl! Assuming you even like girls. Because most times you;re just being anal as if that what you like and then that explains your daunting love for Tim Cook.

21. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Asking him if he's married??? That's rich coming from you, a guy that had to resort to a mail order bride.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You're such a desperate, despicable, degenerate dumbass that any pussy you've gotten HAD to be paid for. There isn't a women alive who'd sleep with someone as warped as you are willingly.

27. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

He mentioned before that he had a wife. If so then I pity her the poor soul how can she live with someone like that sorry excuse of a life form.

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

What matters is they are comfortable and will be readily available upon release, no need to wait months for earbuds

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I'll stick with my AirPods.

10. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Ur opinion doesn't matter

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

It obviously does to you.

12. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

You don't have AirPods and can't afford them, stop lying.

11. japkoslav

Posts: 1507; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Hopefully audio quality is better than first generation and Airpods aka "sound garbage".

14. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Miles better looking than having some shaft dangling from the ears and pointing towards the mouth. Still not enough battery to replace my Jaybird X3s.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

These look almost identical to last years. They have change only slightly. I've gotten 3.5 hours from them when I use them standalone and just under 3 hours when streaming via BT. So up to 5hrs would be pretty nice. Even though they are fitness buds, I have yet to use the feature. I use it for when I ride or am walking doing survey's. They normally don't last a full bike ride unless I stay in the city. I have a favorite route in the city which is about 33 miles round-trip and when I am about 2 miles from home, I get the first message they are at 10% and then they fall to 5% when I reach by door. This trip takes about 2 hours do to traffic light to get to the lakefront bike path. But when I take my longer rides, I have to carry wired headphones with me as backups, while my Icons recharge. Those rides are about 5-6 hours So if these can last a ride from my house to Six Flags and back (96 miles and about 6 hours total riding) or close to that, I am onboard.

18. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple did, Samsung is trying to follow.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple did what? Sell you overpriced poor sounding low quality wireless headphones that have zero features. The only positive it has is battery-life. Versus the Icon X which has features that are useful to peopel who are fitness buffs, who work out for maybe 3 hours which si what the Icon X was designed for. You comparing this product to Apple garbage, shows 100% that you have no idea what you are talkign about. The Icon X were not designed to be standard wireless earphones. They are fitness trackers that so happen to be BT enabled for data transfers and it ha sits own storage for music. You don't know crap about tech, not even Apple tech. You are just a trolling shill. STFU! and stop posting your BS everyday.

28. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The best selling wireless earphone is what Techie? Once you answer to this question, you will shut up your face for sure.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ignorant as usual. Samsung did, Apple followed.

25. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

And both of them failed

22. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Design is awful to be honest.

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