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MWC: Samsung's Gear Fit is 'world's first' curved Super AMOLED wearable device

Will pair with the Samsung Galaxy S5 to display notifications
Mon Feb 24 2014, 19:27

BARCELONA: SAMSUNG unveiled the Gear Fit during its Unpacked 5 press conference at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday, claiming it is the "world's first" curved wearable device.

The Samsung Gear Fit clearly takes tips from Nike's Fuelband, but unlike traditional fitness focused wearables it also displays notifications from Samsung Gear smartphones, much like the Tizen powered Gear 2 and Gear Neo 2 smartwatches, such as incoming calls and emails.

Samsung Galaxy Fit is worlds first curved AMOLED wearable device

Of course, fitness is the device's main focus, with the Samsung Gear Fit boasting a built-in pedometer, heart rate monitor, a sleep tracking sensor and a timer.

The Samsung Gear Fit is the first wearable to have a curved display, with the device touting a 1.84in 432x128 resolution Super AMOLED screen. The device is IP57 certified, which means it's resistant against dust and water, and has a 210mAh battery, which Samsung is claiming will last between two to three days.

Samsung CEO JK Shin said, "The Gear Fit represents the next generation of smart wearables. The device has an iconic design, and comes equipped with a curved screen that sits perfectly on the wrist.

"We operate in a highly competitive and fast moving marketplace, and Samsung continues to improve and evolve."

Of course, the Gear Fit debuts alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5, which has a built-in fingerprint sensor, a 16MP camera, a 5.1in HD resolution screen and Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system. It also boasts some fitness focused features, including a heart rate monitor, perhaps raising the question as to why anybody would opt for both devices.

The Samsung Gear Fit, much like the Galaxy S5 smartphone, will be available globally from April, but there's no word on pricing yet.

Check back soon for our first impressions of the Samsung Gear Fit. µ

 

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