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Gear Fit 2 release rumored for June with powerful new tech

by Jacob Kleinman | May 12, 2016May 12, 2016 9:20 am PST

Samsung’s rumored Gear Fit 2 has been making the rounds online recently, even popping up briefly on the company’s website. Now a report claims the new wearable could launch next month with some powerful new hardware onboard.

Korean site Pulse reports that the Gear Fit 2 could launch as soon as next month, citing industry insiders who claim development on the device is already finished. The article doesn’t mention Samsung’s rumored Gear IconX, a pair of wireless earbuds that have been leaking alongside the new smart band.

As for the Gear Fit 2, it allegedly packs a GPS and a heart-rate sensor. It could also be the first fitness band to offer Samsung’s bio-processor chip, which is capable of measuring the wearer’s body fat, muscle mass, skin temperature, sweat levels and heart activity. Other rumored specs include a 1.84-inch curved OLED display and 4GB of storage.

Pulse adds that the device is the “brainchild” of Samsung’s software and services chief Rhee In-jong, who also lead development on Samsung Pay. So it’s possible the Gear Fit 2 could offer mobile payment support as well, but we won’t know for sure until the device launches. Thankfully it sounds like we won’t have to wait very long.

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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...