Samsung gets moving with Gear smartwatch, smartband, smartbuds

What to expect from the 2017 IFA technology show

With the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, new features have been added like water resistance and swim tracking, and other features like heart rate monitoring have been improved.

Samsung (OTC:SSNNF, OTC:SSNLF) has new product announcements ahead of the official start of IFA 2017. There's no specific price for the Gear Sport yet, but we expect it to be between $200 and $300 ($300 is about £230). Samsung gave it a round display and a slightly squared-off bezel, creating a rugged, Casio G-Shock kind of vibe.

Samsung's new Gear Sport smartwatch is equipped with a dual-core processor, 4GB of storage, 768MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC for Samsung Pay support.

While the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is still relatively new, for those who want an even sportier approach with a minimal feel there's the Gear Sport, a smartwatch based on Samsung's Tizen platform that features a 1.2 inch circular Super AMOLED display with a 360x360 320ppi resolution.

But Samsung chose Berlin - namely the annual IFA consumer electronics show - to unveil a trio of brand new smart watches. The two smartwatches each come ready for a variety of exercise types, including a new Speedo partnership for tracking laps in the pool. There's the Gear Sport smartwatch, which you can take in the pool with you, and the Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker, which boasts Global Positioning System and offline Spotify support for taking your tunes on the go.

What to expect from the 2017 IFA technology show

However, the Samsung Gear Sport will act as a modern day fitness tracker that can record the swimming sessions including the Speedo On App (preloaded).

When our Wearables Editor reviewed the Gear Fit 2, he managed to get about 3 days of juice per charge. It's also enabled the Gear Sport for water adventures, with a 5 ATM rating of 50 meters (165 feet).

The new Gear Fit2 Pro heads for pre-orders tomorrow, August 31, and arrives in stores on September 15. It is compatible with phones running on Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7.0 or higher.

If swimming isn't your thing, then don't instantly discount the Gear Fit 2 Pro.

The charging case is smaller than before, supports quick charging and you can get a full charge of it (total capacity of 340 mAh). I'm still highly dubious about any device that claims to accurately measure calories, and when I challenged Samsung to specify how accurate it thinks its wearables are, the company said it had nothing available to publish. Still, of the three, the Gear Sport has the best chance to really matter. These will work on your phone or you can even stream them to your TV if you're working out at home. There's also a continuous heart rate monitor on the back, which can take a reading every second.

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