Samsung unveiled the Gear Fit 2 on Thursday evening at an event in New York City. The new wearable builds on the first generation device with hardware and software tweaks, and customers can opt to pre-order it as soon as tomorrow.
The primary feature of the Gear Fit 2, the one we think readers will care most about, is the new built-in GPS feature. This will allow you to track walks, bike rides, jogs, whatever you want, and then view that path when you return home. You can take it for a run in the rain, too, with its IP68 rating, but Samsung doesn’t recommend swimming with it. There’s no need to strap a smartphone to your arm just to get that sort of functionality. And, thanks to its built-in 4GB of storage, you’ll have plenty of room for storing local music or playlists from apps like Spotify. If you do have your phone nearby, you’ll receive notifications for calls, texts and alerts from other apps.
Tizen has been updated as well, now showing you content in the full portrait view. That was a problem with the original, which forced users to tilt their heads to read content in landscape mode. The homescreen is also designed to show you quick at-a-glance information on your steps, calories burned and more.
Look for the Gear Fit 2 on June 10 for $179. Again, pre-orders begin tomorrow.