Samsung's upcoming Gear Fit2 Pro may add additional health features

By Jeff Lagasse
01:50 pm

Rumors have been kicking around regarding technology giant Samsung’s new Gear Fit2 Pro, but those rumors have taken on concrete form with a leak from Venture Beat revealing a design that builds on its predecessor, the Gear Fit2.
The wearable fitness tracker -- which could be unveiled as soon as next month -- takes much of its physical design from the Gear Fit2, including what will likely be a curved super AMOLED display. Most of the changes will probably come under the hood.
The leak suggests that Samsung has made the device tougher and more durable, able to survive intense workouts thanks in large part to a watch-style clasp. It appears the Pro will also feature a built-in GPS, a Speedo On app which offers swim tracking, and offline syncing capabilities with Spotify.
On top of that, it’s rumored to have a 5ATM water resistant rating, as well as a yearlong subscription to Under Armour’s premium app. The water resistance is a step up from its predecessor; the Gear Fit2 was IP-68 certified for brief interactions with water, but it wasn’t submersible.
Analysts are speculating that the Pro takes its moniker from a fuller array of health monitoring options. Wareable suggests that Samsung might finally be deploying the sensor-packed chip it announced at CES in 2016. With that chip, the device could monitor PPG, skin temperature, galvanic skin response and body fat data.
Last week, the Gear Fit2 Pro appeared on a support page on Samsung’s website, and while the page was lacking in info, it was accompanied by a model number, which recently got approval from the FCC. Its unveiling may come as soon as Aug. 30.

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