Gear Fit2 Pro Fitness Wearable To Join Galaxy Note 8 On Stage At Samsung Unpacked

Samsung is certainly looking to make a splash during its forthcoming Unpacked event on Wednesday, August 23. The big unveiling will be that of the Galaxy Note 8, the long-awaited successor to the Galaxy Note 7 that went up in flames (literally or figuratively, take your pick). However, a couple of other items will be joining the show, including a new GearVR headset and a new Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band.

Do not let the name of the Gear Fit2 Pro fool you, it will actually be the third generation fitness tracker from Samsung. Its second generation model is simply Gear Fit2 without the "Pro" label at the end. That could be a bit confusing for customers, especially ones who do not follow the wearable scene closely (and really, who does outside of tech journalists?). Nevertheless, its the name Samsung settled on.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
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Like the previous model, the new Gear Fit2 Pro will wield Samsung's home grown Tizen platform rather than Android Wear. it will bring about a bevy of feature changes, one of them being "5 ATM" water resistance. This means the fitness band can be fully submerged in water, allowing swimmers to keep track of their swimming workouts. The previous generation Gear Fit2 is IP-68 certified for brief bouts with water, but is not certified for full submersion.

Samsung is also adding music playback to the Gear Fit2 Pro. The wearable will support offline listening of Spotify tracks, which could come in handy for workouts that take users off the beaten path (and away from Wi-Fi signals). And like the Gear Fit2, the Pro model will have GPS functionality.

To help ensure the Gear Fit2 Pro does not fall off during intense workouts where arms are flailing about, Sasmung is moving away from a snap clasp design and introducing a clasp that is similar to what is found on many watches. This should be a welcome change for fitness gurus who go hard at their workouts.

The Gear Fit2 Pro will support both Android and iOS. What is not known at this time is whether Samsung plans to replace the Gear Fit2 with the Pro model, or sell both models alongside each other.