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The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro may be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 8 [Update: Maybe not]

A new rumor claims Samsung may reveal its new wearable, the Gear Fit 2 Pro, sometime before the end of August, perhaps at IFA in Berlin.

Published onAugust 14, 2017

Update: Well, it looks like the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro may not be revealed next week at the Unpacked event after all. Evan “evleaks” Blass has posted an update on Twitter to his Venture Beat story, claiming that the wearable’s official reveal may have to wait for the end of August, as part of the IFA 2017 trade show in Berlin.

Original story: While the Galaxy Note 8 will get the lion’s share of attention from Samsung during its Unpacked press event in New York City on August 23, a new report claims the company will also formally introduce a new wearable device on that day as well. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is supposed to be the next fitness device that will run Tizen OS, but will be compatible with Android and iOS handsets.

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The new, unconfirmed report comes from VentureBeat and noted internet gadget leaker Evan Blass, who says he saw a “training deck” for the Gear Fit 2 Pro. It looks like it could be a successor to the 2016 released Gear Fit 2, and Blass says the Pro edition will include an 5 ATM water resistance rating. That means the Gear Fit 2 Pro should be able to work while submerged in water, which will likely make it perfect for swimmers who want to keep track of their progress. By contrast, the Gear Fit 2 is IP68 certified, which means it can work with occasional contact with water, but is not supposed to stay submerged for any length of time.

The Gear Fit 2 Pro should be able to work while submerged in water, which will likely make it perfect for swimmers

Blass also reports that the Gear Fit 2 Pro will have a built-in GPS, a watch-style clasp, and music playback support, including a way to play offline tracks on Spotify. Finally, the article claims that the purchase of this new fitness wearable will include a year’s subscription to the premium digital services provided by Under Armour.

The report did not offer a price point or a launch date for the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro, but if it’s being announced at the same time as the Galaxy Note 8, it’s likely that it could go on sale sometime in September. The older Gear Fit 2 was priced at $179.99 when it first went on sale in June 2016.

What are your impressions of the Gear Fit 2 Pro, based on this report? Does the idea of full water resistance make the wearable more appealing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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