The Samsung Gear Fit wearable device has been named “The Best Mobile Device” at Mobile World Congress by organisers GSMA.
The 1.84-inch screen curves around the wrist and works like a standard smartwatch in notifying the user of calls, text messages and emails when connected to a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. It runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS.
Where it differs from a smartwatch is that it offers real-time fitness coaching, personalised advice and recommendations.
It can provide this intuitive feedback through an in-built pedometer and heat rate monitor. The manufacturer claims its 210mAh battery allows for 3-4 days of typical use.
The wearables market has failed to catch fire but the industry is expecting big things. Mobile World Congress saw the launch of a number of devices including ‘Talkband’ from Huawei, while Samsung also announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches.
The Gear Fit is expected to go on sale in mid-April, no pricing details have been announced.
For more on the Gear Fit – and its compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy S5 – plus news on all the best fitness wearables on the market, check out the April issue of What Mobile magazine.