Samsung’s sleek Gear Fit sports a curved screen, talks to your phone

Check out our review of the Samsung Gear Fit smartwatch.

Announced during Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy Gear Fit is the company’s first attempt at the fitness wearable market. While the Gear Fit might simply look like a smaller version of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, its emphasis on fitness helps set it apart from its bigger siblings.

The Gear Fit is, first and foremost, a fitness band. As such, features such as a pedometer, heart rate monitor, sleep monitor, stopwatch, and timer come standard. It also syncs with Samsung’s S Health apps, which can be found on the company’s Galaxy smartphones.

Even with the focus on fitness, the Gear Fit can receive all of your smartphones notifications, such as texts, calls, and emails.

Design-wise, the Gear Fit packs a curved Super AMOLED display, measuring 1.84 inches and displaying a resolution of 432 x 138. Much like the Galaxy S5 and Gear smartwatches, the Gear Fit is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance, theoretically making it okay to sweat profusely while working out and take a shower afterwards. Powering the device is a 210mAh battery that should give it about five days’ worth of battery life through low usage and three to four days worth with normal usage.

The Gear Fit’s strap is interchangeable, with Black, Orange, and Mocha Grey colors as options. As with the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 smartwatches, the Gear Fit will be available through carrier and retail channels, with a global launch slated for April. No word on pricing just yet.

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