Samsung last week unveiled its Gear Fit2 fitness band and Gear IconX earbud set. The Gear Fit2 will be available for US$180 this Friday at major retailers. The IconX will hit shelves in the third quarter of this year.
The Gear Fit2 has a built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor. The Gear IconX is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that can track fitness information and provide users with feedback on their exercise performance.
Both offer access to music — the Gear Fit2 has a standalone music player while the IconX earbuds have internal storage for up to 1,000 MP3s. Both use Bluetooth.
“With the Gear Fit2 and IconX, Samsung’s eliminating the need to have a separate fitness tracker and iPod,” noted Ramon Llamas, a research manager at IDC.
“It’s on to something here. Sure, music isn’t health and fitness per se, but people listen to music when they exercise, so it makes sense,” he told press.