Samsung's new Galaxy Fit and Fit E are cheap, but basic, fitness trackers
Samsung has decided fitness trackers aren't far from dead – the new Samsung Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit E bring new features to your wrist, to help you stay healthy.
In many ways they seem pretty similar to the Samsung Gear Fit 2, but are shorn of some of the key features and specs of that model.
Update: We've had more information through on the Galaxy Fit, as well as confirming the existence of the Gear Fit E.
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The new Gear Fit is only 23g (as light as a strawberry, Samsung tells us) which means it'll be pretty comfortable to wear… but it doesn't pack much in the way of innovation.
The Gear Fit E is even lighter at 14g, but packs a smaller screen and a smaller battery to help it hit that air-like level.
Like the newly-announced Galaxy Watch Active, the Galaxy Fit and Fit E are water resistant (to 5ATM for enhance swimming) and can track your steps and heart rate on the go.
There's a slim Super AMOLED screen that you can swipe through on the Gear Fit, which comes in at 0.95-inches and has a resolution of 120 x 240. The Fit E has a passive matrix OLED (PMOLED) 0.74-inch screen, which is smaller and lower-res at 64 x 128 – but should lead to event more impressive battery life.
Both use something new called 'Realtime OS' from Samsung, rather than Tizen, and the Galaxy Fit offers a gyroscope, which the Fit E lacks, which will limit its tracking somewhat.
Sleep tracking and stress management are on board – the former simply analyzes your sleep (and we've seen that for years) and the stress management tool is useful, but it will be interesting to see if that brings deep insights or just tells you to breathe deeply once in a while.
The Galaxy Fit E can track six different exercises automatically, although we're not sure which at this time, but that's useful if you're someone who likes to cycle and run around a bit but hate swiping at your wrist to get going.
You'll also be able to manually add in exercises so you can put all your efforts into the Samsung Health app and see how healthy you're getting day by day… or failing with nothing to add.
The good news? The Samsung Galaxy Fit will last 'about' a week on a single charge, according the brand, and we expect the same for the Fit E. It's got a lot less to power, but the battery is 70mAh compared to the larger 120mAh of the Fit.
The Galaxy Fit release date has been set for May 21… which is a rather long time to wait after launch in February.
The one thing that changes the game here is the price: the Samsung Galaxy Fit comes in at $99, which we expect to translate to £95 in the UK (around AU$170). This fits with the rumored pricing, which means the Galaxy Fit E could be an ultra low $35 (around £25 / AU$50) – given the functionality on board, that could be a really attractive device for those that just want a basic fitness tracker.
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