#IFA2017 – Samsung is coming to IFA 2017 with a brand new smartwatch, the successor of the Gear S3 Frontier, the Gear Sport is a more affordable and fitness-dedicated smart timepiece.

The Korean manufacturer thoroughly collected users’ feedback to figure out what is the most sought-after feature and which ones needed improvement. During the new wearable products presentation, David Ng, Product Manager, Wearable at Samsung explained that people are using their smart wristbands increasingly more.

According to Samsung, 80 % of smart wrist wearable owners are using them weekly, and 60% do so every day, which is “a huge difference compared to where we were a few years ago” said David Ng. And no surprise, the vast majority of users (92%) focus on fitness features. Then, communication features come in second (88% – calls, text, social media), news and entertainment (mostly music) in third (79%).

Since “health and fitness are the number one purchase drivers worldwide and in the U.S.”, Samsung focused its development efforts on those functions for the new Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro.

"80 % OF SMART WRIST WEARABLE OWNERS ARE USING THEM WEEKLY (SAMSUNG)"Knowing that “music is becoming equally important,” in fact, “60% of runners are listening to music while working out” and almost 80% of users pairs their Bluetooth headset directly to their [wearable] device” said David Ng. So Gear Sport users will be able to pair it with with the new version the Samsung IconX wireless earbuds.

The Gear Sport will be available this fall in blue and black for an undisclosed price, Samsung hinted that the price tag would somewhere between $199 and the Gear smartwatch Series flagship – the S3 launched at $349. We have played briefly with the Samsung Gear Sport and here are our first impressions:

Specifications

  • Product weight 50g  (without band)
  • Dimension  44.6mm x 42.9 mm x 11.6 mm
  • Display Type2″-inch Super AMOLED – always on
  • Resolution 360 x 360 pixels 9302 ppi)
  • Processor Dual-core 0  GHz
  • OS Tizen
  • Camera No
  • Connectivity WiFi / Bluetooth 4.2 / NFC (NFC only)
  • Internal storage 4GB
  • RAM 768 MB
  • Battery Capacity 300mAh – about two days in regular mode
  • Sensors: Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass, Heart Rate Monitor, Barometer, GPS, NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistance 5 ATM (swimming compatible)
  • Salt resistant
  • MIL-STD-810G (advanced shock resistant, altitude and more)
  • Colors: 2 body color versions blue and black with multiple 20mm bands

Left Huawei Watch 2 Right Samsung Gear Sport

Comparison with Samsung Gear S3 and Huawei Watch 2

  • Weight S3 Frontier LTE 63g > S3 Classic 59g > Huawei Watch 2 57 g
  • Dimensions > S3 frontier & Classic 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm
    Huawei Watch 2 48.9 x 45 x 12.6 mm
  • Display Type  > S3 1.3″ Super AMOLED > Huawei Watch 2 1.2″AMOLED
  • Resolution  S3 360 x 360 rotating Gorilla Glas SR+ > Huawei Watch 2 320 x 320 pixels, (326 ppi)
  • Processor > S3 Exynos 7270 Dual core 1.0 GHz – Tizen 2.3.2
    > Huawei Watch 2 Snapdragon Wear 2100 – Quad-core 1.1 GHz
  • Network: S3 Frontier LTE version
    > Huawei Watch 2 
    4G LTE international model only not in the U.S. – nano SIM or e-SIM
  • RAM  S3 768 MB > Huawei Watch 2 768 MB –
  • Internal storage – S3 4GB > Huawei Watch 2 4GB
  • Battery Capacity >S3 380 mAh
    Huawei Watch 2 420mAh – about two days in regular mode
  • Sensors: Huawei Watch 2 Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass, PPG (heart rate monitor, Barometer, GPS, NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistance S3 Frontier IP68 and MIL-STD-810G – S3 Classic IP68 > Huawei Watch 2 IP68
    (- IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes –  Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes)
    Comparison Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 Frontier and  Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 Classic

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