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Because one two wearables weren't enough, Samsung had to go and announce a third. This one is a little bit different from the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, however – it's called the Gear Fit, and it's basically a fitness tracker with a twist... or rather a curve.

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The Fit isn't your typical run-of-the-mill fitness tracker, according to Samsung. It's packed with "the most comprehensive fitness tools available," and it also sends notifications from Galaxy smartphones, alerting users of incoming calls, emails, texts, alarms, and the like. So, it's kind of like a Gear, but not really. Only sort of. But still different.

On the hardware side, the Gear Fit sports a 1.84 inch 432x128 curved Super AMOLED display, Bluetooth 4.0, an interchangeable strap, IP67 dust and water resistance, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart monitor, and 210mAh battery. Samsung claims it'll go for 3-4 days between charges, which is decent.

Unfortunately, there's no word on cost, but the Gear Fit should be available starting in April. Update: The Fit (along with the S5 and Gears) will be available on April 11th in 150 countries.

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Barcelona, Spain - February 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity. 

“Samsung understands that the next generation of wearable mobile solutions must directly reflect of the diverse interests and needs of consumers,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “In response, our Gear product portfolio continues to expand with unique devices for a wide range of lifestyles, including the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go.”

Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.

The ultimate modern fitness solution

The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. It provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity. 

The sleek new Samsung Gear Fit provides the superior connectivity benefits of Samsung wearable technology with a custom, real time fitness coaching to provide unique, personalized advice and workout recommendations.  

The Gear Fit will be available globally starting from April. Full details and product images are available atwww.samsungmobilepress.com or m.samsungmobilepress.com.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Alex

    The heart rate sensor should just have been left in here. Putting it in the S5 as well was pointless, as it's such a niche feature to be able to do one-off heart rate measurements (as opposed to continuous measurements which are useful for a lot of people interested in fitness). Now Samsung may feel obligated to add this to all future phones to avoid them being perceived as a downgrade.

  • PiepowderFug46

    wow these are cool! http://goo.gl/LdUzpr

  • Brendan

    That looks really uncomfortable to read based on the pictures. That is, unless it rotates.

    • Gregor Smith

      Based on where the heart rate monitor is, the display would be on the underside of the wrist (at the pulse), now imagine a band on your wrist and read the time that way...

      Makes sense, right?

      • Brendan

        That would make sense except it's really bulky on the face of it.

        • hot_spare

          You do love to complain a lot..
          Here's a free tip, find something else if you don't like it.

          • Brendan

            Well I'm just saying that it doesn't work conveniently as the orientation isn't right if you have the face up. However, if you wear it face down, it's much more prone to scratches and makes it more difficult to do things such as typing or writing.

          • http://www.friendlyphotozone.com/ Friendly Photo Zone

            By all means, keep guessing randomly based on marketing pictures. Don't wait to see it on a wrist or anything.

          • Brendan

            The guy who announced it at the event was wearing it. Face up. It looked unintuitive.

          • http://www.friendlyphotozone.com/ Friendly Photo Zone

            The guy who video-reviewed it on Android Authority was wearing it on the underside of his wrist. Looked very intuitive.

  • Tony Byatt

    The three new Gears look better than that disgraceful S5...

    smh...

  • Jaime

    I like it better than the Gear 2

  • TheUndertaker21

    THE ONLY thing that I am interested in. others are Shit.

    • hp420

      This is an exact copy of LG's lifeband, just made by samsung....how can you say all others are shit when they're basically all the same? The only difference I can see is that the article mentions this is compatible with Touchwiz and mentions no other compatibility (which falls in line with the gear watches if it's TW-only) and the LG lifeband is compatible with android 4.x across the board. So how is this any better? Minimal specs and features, as well as limited compatibility, in comparison to the competition. That sounds WAY worse to me, but I guess I'm just using my head too much, rather than blindly throwing my money at a manufacturer just because they sell a crap-ton of shoddy, cheaply-made devices, right?

  • hp420

    Sorry, Samsung...Gear 2 running Tizen was the final nail in your coffin with me. Three days ago I would have considered buying this. Now, android or not, I won't even think of it. This is what happens when you turn you back on customers....they turn their backs on the company!

    • 1st world problems

      turn you back. you, turn you back. turn you back.

  • Chris

    I think this thing looks really nice, but it's kind of in the wrong orientation...like how am I supposed to comfortably read this thing.

  • nxtiak

    Does it still work only for Samsung TouchShit phones?

    • Sazza

      a serious consideration to buy if its available for all of android rather than galaxy phones

    • CoreRooted

      Considering the Gear1 required the TW libraries for notifications and interactions, I can't imagine this will be much different. Especially if they are leveraging S-Health as the app for storing the fitness data.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So this also has Tizen onboard?

    • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

      Nope. I read it runs some custom "real time OS" that they didn't give a name to yet.

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  • Steven Caravella

    If I want to use this on a run or go biking does anyone know if I will also need my phone with me? If not, this would be great for music via Bluetooth while working out.

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