Samsung is expected to introduce a Gear S/Gear Fit hybrid later this year, but it also looks like a new Gear Fit-specific wearable is also arriving soon. According to VentureBeat who obtained a training manual for the device, the so-called Gear Fit 2 Pro will pretty much upgrade everything the Gear Fit 2 has.
For instance, the device will have a curved, bezel-less display. That lines up with Samsung’s smartphone efforts this year with the Galaxy S8, S8+, and upcoming Note 8. The Gear Fit 2 Pro will also have an improved band that sports a more classic watch clasp over the snap-clasp used last year.
Moving on, this is where things get good. According to VentureBeat, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will offer offline Spotify playback. This means you can store your favorite tunes (specifically workout playlists) on the smartwatch so you won’t have to be connected to the internet to stream. If that isn’t enough, the body of the Gear Fit 2 Pro will be rated at 5 ATM waterproof. This means the wearable will be able to survive in 5 atmospheres of overpressure, the equivalent of around 40-50 meters or roughly 150 feet. So basically, you’ll never have to worry if this thing gets wet or takes a dive under water because it’ll live, period. Of course, serious divers might wanna take it off before going under, but for those who take their watch to the beach or pool, you’ll be totally fine.
For reference, this is in comparison to last year’s IP68 certification on the Gear Fit 2 which basically means it can survive in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes which, by now, sounds pretty wimpy.
For some final tidbits, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will also reportedly be powered by Tizen, have a built-in GPS, and will be compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It’ll also ship with a year’s subscription to Under Armour’s premium workout services. We don’t have any pricing or availability information yet, but Evan Blass notes on Twitter the device will likely be unveiled during IFA 2017. Therefore, we don’t have much more time to wait before it goes official.