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Samsung fitness tracker said to challenge Xiaomi’s $15 Mi Band

by Jacob Kleinman | November 9, 2015November 9, 2015 11:30 am PST

Companies like Xiaomi and Fitbit have carved out a huge market for themselves with cheap, fitness-focused wearable devices. Now Samsung could be elbowing into the same space with a budget-friendly activity tracker of its own.

SamMobile reports that the South Korean giant is developing a new device with the model number SM-R150 and the codename Triathlon. It’s expected to take on competing products like Xiaomi’s Mi Band, which costs just $15 and offers limited functionality. We assume Samsung’s new wearable will sport a pretty simple design, though it’s possible the company could include a small curved AMOLED display like the one featured in the Gear Fit.

It’s also likely Samsung’s fitness tracker will work with most Android devices, and not just its own Galaxy smartphones. The company already moved beyond its ecosystem with the Gear S2 and an S Health app available through Google Play. iPhone support seems a lot less likely, but we wouldn’t rule it out entirely.

For now this new gadget is still a big question mark. The Triathlon may not even make the leap from internal testing to an actual release, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see it announced alongside the Galaxy S7 early next year either.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...