Samsung already has a handful of connected wearables under its Gear line, and now, the Korean giant seems all set to expand its product line. In a massive new leak, courtesy of reliable leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks), photos of a pair of connected earbuds called ‘Gear IconX’ and next-gen Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker have surfaced. The leaked photos offer a sneak peek at these products while giving a fair idea of what to expect.
The Gear IconX are wireless touch-controlled earbuds, with a touch aspect similar to Samsung’s Gear Circle Bluetooth headset. These earbuds come in a charging case and if you look closely at the photos, they have charging ports on each on them. They are said to be water and dust resistant too, which means you can also wear while out in the rain, or when sweating it out during workout sessions. What’s more, these earbuds also come with 4GB of flash storage – meaning they can also work as a standalone digital music player. Currently, there’s no word on the pricing and release date, but we expect more details soon, as they get closer to official release.
Samsung is not the only one to come out with truly wireless earbuds. Over the past year or so, we’ve seen the German manufacturer Dragi’s Dash and Motorola’s Moto Hint earbuds to name a few. Recently, we also came across a report that Apple is working on truly wireless earbuds called Beats AirPods, which could release along with the iPhone 7 in September, later this year. The move will allow Apple to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, and audio will be routed via Bluetooth and via the Lightning connector.
The Gear Fit 2 is the successor to Samsung’s 2014 wearable, the Gear Fit. The next-gen fitness tracker will still come with a 1.84-inch Super AMOLED curved display, just like its predecessor. However, the publication notes that the new tracker will be slightly more curved and ergonomic. It will also boast a dedicated GPS chipset onboard, something that was missing from the original Gear Fit. This will help improve the accuracy of a range of distance-tracking features for those fitness enthusiasts who accurate stats of their daily workout.
Rest of the features such as IPXX certification for water and dust proofing, a heart rate sensor will be on board. The original Gear Fit ran on Samsung’s custom OS and later on, the company switched to Tizen OS for its wearables. The Gear Fit 2 could also likely run on Tizen OS. In terms of pricing, the next-gen fitness tracker could set you back by roughly $200 (approximately Rs 13,200), the publication notes.