In addition to the two new Samsung Gear smartwatches we got saw a few days ago, Samsung is actually showing us something new in its wearable line: The Gear Fit, a combination smartwatch and fitness tracker. It's svelte and slick—and potentially the gorgeous functional wearable we've been waiting for. Updated with hands on below
The new Samsung wearable has a curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display measuring 1.84 inches. Its dimensions are 23.4 x 57.4 x 11.95 mm, and it weighs just 27 grams—half the weight of Samsung's lightest smartwatch to date, the Gear Neo.
The Gear Fit replicated many of the functions of the Gear we've already seen, including the capability to receive incoming calls, emails, SMS messages, alarms, as well as notifications from S-planner.
Besides the form factor change, it's not immediately apparent what sets the Gear Fit apart from its brethren. It's got built in Gyrocope, accelerometer, and heart rate monitor. The Gear Fit can measure a host of fitness metrics, including pedometer, exercise level, heart rate, sleep time, as well as a stopwatch and timer.
The Gear Fit has a 210 mAh battery which Samsung says will get it 3-4 days of battery life.
All in all, it looks like a very interesting device that's sleeker than the clunk Galaxy Gear/ Gear 2 that came before. Sadly, it appears it only works with Galaxy devices.
Here's the skinny. Most fitness trackers don't have heart rate monitors yet, which makes them much less of a compelling buy. So it's exciting that the Gear Fit has one. Provided that it works. We got to spend a few minutes with it at the New York press event, and it took it a couple tries to actually give a reading. We had to make sure it was on very tightly before it worked.
The Gear Fit is pretty much a pared down version of Galaxy Gear. It's smaller and lighter and much more comfortable. But that't not to say that it doesn't have any heft. For it to have an LCD screen it has to have some.
The interface is pretty basic and easy to use. There's a stop watch, a timer, a section where you can track your activity, a watch, and a music player. It's straightforward and easy to use. But it's not the most stylish piece of wristwear, although that's not at all surprising considering the existence of Galaxy Gear in the first place.