Samsung's new wearables focus on wellness

The Samsung Gear Sport on display during a briefing in Berlin Germany ahead of the IFA 2017 consumer electronics show kicking off. The Gear Sport 2 and Gear Fit 2 Pro are both water resistant up to 50 meters

Samsung's band now features heart rate monitoring and well as swim tracking (powered by Speedo). The new fitness-focused smartwatch arrives a few days after Fitbit finally debuted its long-awaited Ionic device, the latest in a growing acceptance among hardware makers that activity tracking continues to be the prime driver in the wearables space, smartwatches, included.

Samsung's wearables family gets a little bigger today with the addition of the Gear Sport. The pricing and availability are yet to be announced. The most important thing here; the Gear Sport fits wonderfully, and that makes me happy.

Past year we got two variants of the Gear S3, but this time around it looks like Samsung has put all its eggs in one basket with the Gear Sport.

Samsung's Kate Beaumont said the three new devices were aimed at "people who see no boundary between their life and their wellness".

The silicone straps of the Fit2 Pro are replaceable, but they're not meant for rapid exchange to match your mood or running outfit.

With millions of Australians into swimming Samsung Australia could have a big victor on their hands with the release of a brand-new swim tracking app in partnership with Speedo. That includes water resistance to 5 ATM, allowing wearers to go up to 50 meters (165 feet) underwater while in a pool or the ocean. The Gear Sport also supports IoT device control through Samsung Connect, and the ability to work as a remote control. With that in mind it doesn't take much to realize you'll be missing out on a couple of features in the new Sport version. Again, there's 4 GB of internal room, paired with a dual-core processor. It is compatible with phones running on Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7.0 or higher.

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 earbuds on display at a briefing ahead of the IFA 2017 consumer electronics show in Berlin Germany. The wireless devices connect via Bluetooth
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It'll be able to control your smart home devices, and it also features NFC and Samsung Pay.

For starters, the Gear Sport looks a whole lot better than the other options on the market, including the disgusting new Fitbit Ionic. The new Gear devices assist with a range of activities - from robust fitness tracking to nutrition and sleep monitoring, as well as motivational coaching as a lifestyle companion.

There's a 300mAh battery inside the Samsung Gear Sport, and with wireless charging it should be easy to top up at night - hopefully no fumbling around in the dark for a cable.

Plus your TV will then show your heart rate while you exercise, which should make it easier to monitor than if you had to keep glancing at your wrist.

Samsung has been making inroads ever since it started producing phone-connected watches, and this year, the company is using IFA in Germany as the place to showcase where it plans to go to next, and the news is good if you happen to like running, kicking, or just walking very fast.

Next up is the Gear Fit2 Pro, a GPS-packing fitness band.

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