Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 now available in Australia for AUD$289
Thanks to IP68 water resistance, Gokhale says the Gear Fit 2 is fine to use when swimming or surfing, provided one doesn't submerged it lower than 1.5 metres (IP68 means the device is water-proof for half an hour, in water as deep as 1.5 metres). Few other fitness trackers offer this level of water-proofing. Gokhale did however note that the Gear Fit 2 shouldn't be used for diving or for more intensive water sports (such as water polo), and that users will need to rinse it off with fresh water if they've worn it in salt water or a chlorinated pool.
In terms of other hardware, the Gear Fit 2 has a 1.5-inch curved display (a little reminiscent of the Microsoft Band 2), and is said to last three to four days per charge.
The Gear Fit 2 is compatible with Android devices running KitKat or better, provided they have at least 1.5GB of RAM. Gohkale wasn't able to confirm if the new tracker will receive iOS support down the line (as Samsung promised for the Gear S2 earlier this year), but said the company is
"committed to bringing Gear Fit 2 to as many ecosystems as possible".
The Gear Fit 2 is available now from Samsung's official stores (online and brick-and-mortar), and will be making its way to other retailers including Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi shortly.