Samsung Reveals iOS-Compatible Smartwatches Before Apple Watch S3
With Apple all but confirmed to unveil its next-generation Apple Watch Series 3 in just a few short weeks, Samsung has yet again beaten the iPhone-maker to the punch byinformally announcing its own, next-generation wearable devices — the iPhone-compatible Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro — earlier this week.
Samsung Gear Sport
First up, we have the Gear Sport: featuring a traditional ‘sport watch’ form-factor and design, Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch will boast a rounded, 1.2-inch AMOLED display, and will be fully-compatible with iPhone and Android devices thanks to the South Korean-company’s Tizen operating system. The device will run on an unidentified 1 GHz dual-core processor, come equipped with 4 GB of SSD Storage, feature a small 300 mAh battery, and include an expansive suite of connectivity options including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS and GLONASS to support navigation, as well as an NFC reader (for Samsung Pay). You’ll also get a relatively standard slate of fitness-centric sensors including a barometer and a heart rate monitor.
To protect your Gear Sport from the elements, it comes equipped with the maximum in water, dust, damage and corrosion protection, including meeting the rigorous MIL-STD-810G durability standards set forth by the U.S. Military, along with 5 ATM water-resistance. Which in the simplest terms possible, essentially means you’ll be able to wear your Gear Sport with confidence up to 250 meters (or about 820 feet) below sea level.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
The Gear Fit2 Pro, meanwhile, is much less of a watch and more of a dedicated fitness tracker; however it will maintain at least some of the design and material elements as the Gear Sport. Much like its predecessor, the Gear Fit2, Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Pro features a similar, curved rectangular AMOLED display measuring 1.5-inches. It will also feature the same internal specifications as the Gear Sport, aside from running on a slightly modified software platform.
Launch, Price, Etc.
Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Pro is actually available to pre-order now for just $199 from the company’s official website. Availability will be in the same Black and Black/Red design configurations shown in the image above, and a firm launch date of September 15th has been set for the device. The Gear Sport, meanwhile, should ship sometime this holiday season, but pricing and availability remains on the hush until further notice.