Samsung has officially released new Gear Fit2, the activity tracker is the follow up to the original Samsung Gear Fit, released in 2014. This wristband has an updated design, built-in GPS, and the ability to automatically recognize certain activities, an increasingly common specification in fitness bands and watches.
Materials used include aluminium polycarbonate and fiberglass though the screen is made from Gorilla Glass 3 and the strap from elastomer. The band is waterproof, with an IP68 certification, that means you can take it down to the watery depths of up to 1.5 metres for a maximum of thirty minutes.
The Gear Fit2 is also about the same size as the previous iteration, it will now come in two sizes for different wrists: large (size of wrist: 155 ~ 210mm) and small (size of wrist: 125 ~ 170mm). The Super AMOLED display is found here a bit smaller than before (1.5-inches down from 1.84-inches), but it boosts the pixel density up to 322ppi, that trounces the original’s 245ppi display.
You’ll also find 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage all powered by Tizen through a Samsung-made 1 GHz, dual-core processor.
Though there’s no altimeter, Samsung says Fit2 can still detect you walking up stairs. The other sensors packed inside include heart rate monitor, GPS, gyroscope, barometer and accelerometer.
On the hardware side of things, the new Gear Fit 2 is a step up in nearly way. It features the dual-core Exynos 3250 clocked at 1.6GHz found in the new Samsung Gear S2, way up from the custom M4 processor that ran at 160MHz. Preorders for the new Gear Fit2 start June 3 for $180, and it ships a week later.