Samsung's new fitness smartband will likely be water resistant


However, it looks like the handset will not be the only new device on stage, with a new Gear Fit2 Pro wearable also being unveiled at the same time.

Samsung is believed to be hard at work on its next-generation wearable device, dubbed the Gear Fit2 Pro. The Gear Fit 2, from past year, featured IP68, not quite designed for swimming activities. The Gear Fit 2 Pro is said to be compatible with both iOS and Android and it will come with a year of Under Armour's premium tier of digital services. Its design is similar to the Gear Fit2, and generally speaking, the new model should be seen as a "Pro" version. Another advertised feature of the Gear Fit 2 Pro is support for offline Spotify playback, and we're told that it does include a Global Positioning System sensor as well. At the moment, Samsung Gear S3 is the only other wearable to offer this functionality.

Details about the new Gear Fit2 Pro were posted by well-known leaker Evan Blass, who got his hands on training slides that feature the upcoming smartband. Unfortunately, there has been no information on price or release date.

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Each ATM is about the equivalent of 10 meters (33 feet) of static water pressure, so this 5 ATM smartwatch should be able to withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 50 meters (or 164 feet). The Gear Fit2, by comparison, is IP-68 certified against brief interactions with water, but is not submersible. With this, folks can take their Gear Fit2 Pro for a swim, tracking all of their breast and backstrokes.

We're now learning through Evan Blass's reporting on VentureBeat that one sideline product will debut at the Galaxy Note 8 launch event: another Gear VR headset.