Along with a new fitness smartwatch called the Gear Fit 2, Samsung on Thursday announced a pair of truly wireless earbuds called the Gear IconX.
That’s right, there’s no wires to be found on the IconX earbuds, even to connect the earbuds to each other.
Like the Gear Fit 2, it’s designed for casual exercisers rather than fitness junkies, but it still can still track the most important metrics for general fitness.
These earbuds are so logical and obvious once you see how they work.
Here are Samsung's Gear IconX wireless earbuds, and yes, they are truly wireless. They connect to your smartphone over Bluetooth, and they can also track your distance, speed, and hear-rate.
Here's how they can play music without being connected to each other: Each bud has its own 4GB of storage for music. You can also just use them to stream music from your smartphone. Each bud plays music independently from the other and they stay in sync with each other with their own Bluetooth connection. I spent a few minutes listening to these headphones and they sounded pretty good.
You'll need the charging pod to use them for longer than a regular workout. The battery life is short at one and a half hours with fitness tracking and Bluetooth music streaming, or three hours when playing music stored in the buds and fitness tracking.
The charging pod also acts as a carrying case so you can easily keep track of them. It's small and light, and shouldn't be a problem in most carrying bags.
Each bud can sense your heart rate through the skin in your ears with this rectangular sensor. They also turn on and off automatically when you put them in and take them out of your ears using this sensor.
You can sync the fitness data collected by the IconX, as well as control music, through the Samsung S Health app.
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