Samsung Announces Gear VR For Note 7, Gear Fit 2 & IconX Earbuds
The Galaxy Note 7 flagship phablet wasn’t the only thing Samsung launched at its New York event. The company also unveiled the a companion VR headset for the phablet, aptly named Gear VR for Note 7. In addition, the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker and Gear Icon X wireless earbuds were launched as well.
Besides Galaxy Note 7 support, the Oculus-based Gear VR also has features like a USB Type-C port, as well as a Micro USB port for connecting it to the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Featuring Accelerator, Gyrometer and Proximity sensors, the new Gear VR weighs 345 grams and offers 101-degree field of view. It will be available in Blue/Black colour only. The design of the new Gear VR is the same as that of the original Gear VR, but with a new colour and USB Type-C connectivity.
“By pairing the Galaxy Note 7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note 7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor deliver an ultra-immersive experience. The vast and ever growing library of apps, photos, games and more puts users in the center of the action,” said Samsung.
The company also launched its Gear Fit 2 fitness band that comes with an embedded GPS tracker and a heart rate monitor. Samsung says that the Gear Fit 2 has an ergonomic, sleek and slim design. It also sports a Super AMOLED curved display with a high-resolution color touchscreen and comes with Auto Activity Tracking feature. It’s easy to transfer fitness data between S Health and other select fitness apps.
The fitness band includes a standalone music player and automatically recognizes activities like running, walking, cycling, or using rowing machine or elliptical trainer.
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds look similar to the Moto Hint but are slightly better under-the-hood. The earbuds come with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips. They can be activated by simply placing them in the ears. The earbuds also enable tracking of data such as distance covered, speed, time taken, heart rate and calories burned. All of this data can be synced to the S-Health app as well.
The earbuds include a Voice Guide feature that provides voice feedback to users about their workout progress, besides providing standalone music playback. They connect via Bluetooth and also have enough in-built storage for up to 1000 MP3 files. To control the music playback, users just need to tap or swipe on the earbuds’ surface. The Gear IconX will be available in Q3 of this year, and are said to carry a price tag of $199.