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Samsung unveils Gear Fit curved fitness wearable with heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking

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Image: Business Insider

Just a couple of days after taking the wraps off of a pair of new Gear smart watches, Samsung has entered the health and fitness game with a dedicated fitness wearable. The device, dubbed the Gear Fit, features a 1.8-inch AMOLED curved display, a water-resistant design, and three-four days of battery life on a single charge. The fitness oriented device has fitness coaching, can count your steps, and measure your heart rate.

BusinessInsider has some quick impressions of the device:

We only had a few minutes to play with the Gear Fit, but in the time we had, we were impressed. It looked like a better device than any of the aforementioned devices. It also looks better than Samsung’s other smart watch, the Galaxy Gear.

We were in a demo room to see Samsung’s newest phone, the Galaxy S5, its new smart watch the Galaxy Gear 2, and the Gear Fit. The Gear Fit was the thing we were most drawn to. We think it’s the most exciting thing Samsung is announcing today.

Re/code shares some of the other details from a brief hands-on:

I got to spend a few minutes with the Gear Fit and was quite intrigued by it. Thanks to the curved display, the band rested comfortably on my wrist, but it can look clunky on dainty wrists (see main photo). The touchscreen was sharp and responsive, and I liked that it provided a lot more information and functionality than something like the Fitbit Force.

The device has sleep-tracking functionality and rudimentary features such as viewing notifications and calls from a connected smartphone. The operating system is proprietary to the device, not Android or Tizen.

No pricing details are available, but the release will be in April. Also coming in April: The new Galaxy S5 with an updated design and fingerprint reader. 

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