Samsung Gear Sport and Gear Icon X 2018 pre-orders begin today

Samsung has now revealed the US launch date and pricing of its Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 devices. The two were announced just over a month ago at IFA in Berlin.

Those keen on getting their hands on Samsung’s latest gadgets will be happy to know pre-orders begin today. Both the Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 are available through Samsung and BestBuy. Widespread US availability will start on October 27th.

The Gear Sport smartwatch will set you back $299.99, while the Gear Icon X 2018 earbuds are going for $199.99. Samsung is facing a three way battle for your wrist space with Fitbit Ionic and Garmin Vivoactive 3, which retail at exactly the same price.

“Samsung’s new smartwatches and cord-free earbuds make wellness management simpler and easier,” said Alanna Cotton, Vice President Marketing, Samsung Electronics America to mark the news.

“Whether you want to get fitness insights or enjoy your favorite music, Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 blend style with functionality to help you manage your health and get the most out of your day.”

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Gear Sport offers a blend of fitness tracking and smartwatch functionality in one slim package. We caught a glimpse of it at IFA in Berlin and walked away suitably impressed.

In terms of design, the Tizen-based device doesn’t disappoint. It has a full colour, always-on, 1.2-inch circular screen with a 320 x 320 resolution that is very vibrant and colorful.

Under the water-resistant hood you will find quite a bit going on. There is an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate sensor, ambient light and built-in GPS. And lets not forget support for NFC payments and the ability to download music and store it directly on your watch.

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The IconX 2018 are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods. They let you listen to music by streaming from your phone or via the 4 GB (per earbud) built-in storage for offline playback. For fitness buffs, the buds track your running routines. They also feature a standalone audio Coach function which will let you know in real-time how you are doing.

Check out the official Samsung Gear Sport launch film below.

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