Samsung knows that not everyone wants a Gear smartwatch on their wrist. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a wearable with some smartphone-like features, though. The company launched its Gear Fit wearable on Monday at Mobile World Congress, and it combines health tracking functions with some notification features from a connected phone.
Gear Fit is shaped like a wristband and has a 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED screen with 432 x 128 resolution. That’s enough room to easily show the time, date and exercise information. Why stop there, though? Gear Fit can also display incoming text messages, calls, email and data from apps such as Samsung’s S Planner calendar app. Health data is tracked through a trio of sensors: an accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate monitor.
I like the look of the Gear Fit; measuring in at 23.4 x 57.4 x 11.95 millimeters and weighing 27 grams, it’s not as bulky as the Gear smartwatches. You can change out the color of the strap, selecting Black, Orange or Mocha Grey. And the battery should last three to five days, Samsung says. The Gear Fit connects to a phone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and the entire device is both dust and water-resistant, making it usable during heavy exercise.
Samsung hasn’t announced a price yet, but says to expect full details prior to an April product launch.