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Samsung Announces Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds and Gear Fit 2

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Samsung today introduced the Gear IconX, a set of wireless earbuds that are similar in style to the Bragi Dash. The IconX earbuds have no wires to connect them to one another and no wire to plug them into a smartphone or other device, instead communicating wirelessly over Bluetooth.

Priced at $199.99, the IconX earbuds feature 4GB of internal storage to hold music and use hooks to securely fit into an ear. There are also built-in fitness sensors for monitoring movement and heart rate, with the data able to be synced to Samsung's S Health app, and there's a built-in voice coach feature. Touch gestures like tapping and swiping on the earbud are used for skipping tracks and changing the volume.


When not in use, the earbuds can be placed into a pill-shaped case which also serves as a backup battery, offering two full charges. The battery inside the IconX lasts for one and a half hours when streaming music or for three and a half hours when playing music stored on the earbuds themselves.


Samsung debuted the new earbuds at an event in New York and gave several tech sites a hands-on demo, giving us a first look at some early impressions. According to The Verge, IconX is "pretty good" at blocking outside noises, while TechCrunch points out Samsung is marketing the earbuds as a workout-only accessory given the "dismal" battery life.

Gizmodo thought the controls could be a "little unreliable" but thought the audio quality was impressive, and Engadget said it took a minute to get them secured properly in the ear, but once in place, they "didn't feel like they were going anywhere."

Samsung's Gear IconX earbuds come as rumors suggest Apple is preparing to remove the headphone jack from its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, set to be released this fall. There have also been rumors indicating Apple is working on its own set of wireless Bluetooth earphones that would be sold alongside the iPhone 7 as a premium accessory with many of the same features in the IconX.

Samsung plans to debut the Gear IconX in blue, black, and white in the third quarter of 2016.

The company has also announced an updated waterproof Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker with a wider 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED display, 4GB storage, GPS, a heart rate monitor, a barometer for measuring altitude, and features for automatically detecting exercise activities. The Gear Fit 2 will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow at select retailers and available in stores on June 10.

Article Link: Samsung Announces Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds and Gear Fit 2
 

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Look crap, overpriced, will sound rubbish like any Apple wireless 'Beats' will do.

And no.. it is PURE CLICKBAIT to claim Samsung has somehow copied Apple....

As for the battery life, what do people expect? Do you think by some MIRACLE Apple will give you 8 hours battery life from a battery the same size or smaller as in the Apple watch? Whilst constantly using wireless streaming and audio amplification?
 
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codydale

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so now apple come out with their own for the iPhone 7 series.....

how the tables have turned on innovation, apple is the one playing catch up now.

Well... You sure do have the right to look at it that way, but I would suggest the more appropriate response would be something like, "Apple has been rumored to be unveiling an iPhone that will not feature a headphone jack [and therefore it should be implied they will be doing a new version of wireless earbuds] so Samsung is trying to beat them to the punch - irregardless of features, quality, or battery life."

I am not against Samsung making a product, but they have done this several times now and I believe the above perspective would be the correct one to have in this situation.
 
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I remember watching the Bragi video when they launched it and was astonished they didn't even talk about the sound quality. I mean, you buy them for the sound, right?

When I saw these I instantly remembered that dumb video and thought, "Oh, cool. New wireless earbuds. They'll also probably talk about the sound quality. It would be insane if they didn't." And guess what.... not a freaking word about how they actually sound!!! o_O
 
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GiveMeAnthony

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I suppose if you only workout for an hour and 30 minutes for each session then these are fine. Seems like a fairly easy way to lose $200 though. Anyway to track these buds? Maybe they should put an NFC tag in them that beeps on an app when its within range (NFC range is less than 8 inches / 20 cm).
 
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so now apple come out with their own for the iPhone 7 series.....

how the tables have turned on innovation, apple is the one playing catch up now.

Oh give over. What you've stated, based on this article, is nothing short of conjecture. Mindless, rhetorical, generic Apple hating, at its best.

Just stop using every single MR report as a springboard for rambling nonsense.
 
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Wow, 90 minutes of battery life. I know this is going to sound arrogant but you just know that when Apple release their "AirPods" next year with the iPhone 7, they'll have better battery life.

It's not always best to be the first to bring a new product to the market, Apple will take their time and as a result, they'll be better, period.
 
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so now apple come out with their own for the iPhone 7 series.....

how the tables have turned on innovation, apple is the one playing catch up now.

The tables haven't turned on innovation at all. I've just said, it's not always the best to be the first to bring a new product to the market. 90 minutes of battery life is quite simply pathetic. Samsung have rushed this for sure. Apple are hardly ever the first in bringing new tech to the market but when they do, it's simply better.
 
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Why do you need 4GB in earphones?! I mean seriously, Is this brand just trying to make whatever they think of and then wait if it works, wasting people's money? Most of the people that are into fitness exercise for at least an hour - two hours plus commute, and they probably own a smart watch that can already track they movements, so why would anybody in their right mind get these...?
 
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citysnaps

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$200 for 1.5 hours? Sorry.

Yup...

Wonder how many charge cycles one will get yielding 1 1/2 hours of use (under ideal conditions) before battery capacity significantly declines.

With just a 1 1/2 hour of use per charge I can see a lot of charge cycles used up in much less than a year.
 
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r3m1

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I bet this is off of the rumor that Apple is making some just like these....

1 and a half hours battery life? Hahahahahahaha

Battery life is 1 hour and 30 minutes??? Seriously??? Samsung can be so out of touch sometimes...

I suppose if you only workout for an hour and 30 minutes for each session then these are fine. Seems like a fairly easy way to lose $200 though. Anyway to track these buds? Maybe they should put an NFC tag in them that beeps on an app when its within range (NFC range is less than 8 inches / 20 cm).
It is more than just a earbuds people seem to overlook:

There are also built-in fitness sensors for monitoring movement and heart rate, with the data able to be synced to Samsung's S Health app, and there's a built-in voice coach feature.

And most important of all:

The battery inside the IconX lasts for one and a half hours when streaming music or for three and a half hours when playing music stored on the earbuds themselves.

So if you put your own music on the 4GB storage you have 03:30 hrs. of playing time - which is plenty.

Be fair :)
 
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euvnairb

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This would make a good replacement for my aging 6th gen nano that I run with (I don't like to run with my phone). 4GB of internal data with 3 hour battery life is more than enough for me...although the thought of having to daily charge another product seems like a hassle (1st world problem).
 
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