Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with water-proofing and auto recognition for sports

After months of leaks, we are finally getting official word on the new Gear Fit 2 Pro. Listings are starting to appear on some of Samsung’s regional websites and it seems the rumours were not too far off.

As expected, the new device will be a high-end version of the Gear Fit 2 rather than a totally new, third generation device. The main change is 5 ATM water-resistance. This means you can finally leave your Gear Fit strapped to your wrist while you take a shower or bath. If you decide to swim in the pool, the Speedo app, developed for Gear Fit2 Pro, will record your stats and show them in easy-to-read summaries.

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The new device comes with auto-recognition for a number of activities including tennis, basketball and even dancing! If you prefer, you can also start a workout manually. In addition, the fitness tracker will keep tabs on your heart rate throughout the day, letting you know which heart rate zone you are in.

The design is pretty much unchanged. The 1.5 inch, 16 million colour, 216 x 432 pixel resolution, Curved Super AMOLED screen shows details of your activity, sleep hours and more. At 33 grams, Gear Fit 2 Pro weights only only slightly more than its predecessor. There is now a new and improved buckle strap to ensure the tracker stays on your wrist while you’re swimming.

More of the same in terms of other specs. The fitness tracker boasts 0.5 GB RAM and 4.0 GB of internal memory, while under the hood you will find an accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor and GPS/GLONASS.

With over 3,000 applications to choose from, including Spotify, you can customize your Gear Fit2 Pro to your liking. Access the Galaxy App store and choose from a range of apps.

When it comes to battery life, Samsung’s latest fitness tracker will keep going for up to 5 days on a single charge. For more intensive use, expect the 200mAh battery to last less. With GPS switched on, this comes down to 9 hours.

The tracker should receive an official unveiling at IFA in the first week of September. No word on price or release date, although we are expecting the Gear Fit 2 Pro to sell for $199. There are two designs to choose from. A black for those that want a more subtle look, and a touch of red to enhance your style.

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