During Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona last month, Samsung introduced not only the Galaxy S5, which itself has a health-focus, but also new wearables including the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, which provide fitness related data. A recent FCC filing suggested that the company was also working on a simpler, likely cheaper, alternative to those devices called the S Circle. However, SamMobile recently published photos of what it says is the successor to the S Band, which was announced last year but never saw a wide release.
The device will work with Samsung’s new S Health 3.0 application, according to the screenshots, and will allow you to set fitness targets, view your activity, hit challenges and track your sleep habits. It’s capable of keeping track of the distance walked, estimated calories burned and your sleep quality, though it appears the heart rate monitor on Samsung’s other wearables is out for now. There’s a small mobile focus, too. You’ll get alerts of incoming phone calls and messages through either a buzz or an LED indicator. Also, if you walk more than 10m away from your phone, the S Band will alert you so that you don’t accidentally leave your device behind.
The device will work with 14 devices at launch, according to leaked documents, and will be available with difference accessories, including a clip and white, yellow, orange, blue and black wristbands. Since it doesn’t require a band (the device itself appears to be removable), we think this is probably the S Circle. The “band” moniker doesn’t really make sense if it can be purchased with a clip, for example. Either way, we don’t think Samsung has two additional wearables coming down the pipeline.
This may very well launch under the S Band or S Circle moniker, we can’t tell right now since the documents don’t refer to it by name. If the Gear Fit comes in around $200 or so, and we’re just guessing, that this might come in around $150 or less. Samsung hasn’t announced the device, and there’s no word on when it will launch, if ever. Samsung declined to comment on the story when reached by TechnoBuffalo.