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Samsung's $200 fitness tracker has Spotify, GPS and can swim

In the wake of Apple announcing its Watch Series 3, Samsung's high-end $200 fitness tracker makes its way into stores.

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Back in August we told you about the pending arrival Samsung's high-end fitness the tracker, the Gear Fit 2 Pro. Well, just a week before Apple's new Watch Series 3 hits stores, the Gear Fit 2 Pro is now available for $200, £209 and AU$329. 

Designed to compete with Garmin and Fitbit's best trackers with a deeper feature set and close to smartwatch-like functions, the Gear Fit 2 Pro notably adds 5 ATM swim-ready water resistance, onboard GPS and offline music storage for Spotify.

That Spotify integration, also available on Samsung's larger Gear Sport smartwatch, is a first-of-its-kind feature and something of a coup for Samsung: It allows a Spotify Premium subscriber to transfer playlists directly to the Gear Fit 2 Pro and stream Spotify tracks to a pair of Bluetooth headphones without having a phone in the mix. (The Apple Watch only offers this feature to Apple Music subscribers). 

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Slim and curved, with swim and GPS support.

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Those following Samsung's earlier fitness tracking products may remember that the Samsung Gear Fit 2 arrived a year ago and nearly won us over with a sharp design and loads of features. It had drawbacks, though: You couldn't shower or swim with it. The totally waterproof Gear Fit 2 Pro eliminates those issues, but it will cost you a little more than the Gear Fit 2, which retails for $180 but will presumably drop in price.  

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You can drop it in your water glass now, and leave it there (or go for a swim).

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Samsung promises improved heart rate and fitness tracking, which is a good thing since we were disappointed last time. The Fit 2 Pro can measure heart rate every second but defaults to once every 10 minutes, while fitness tracking adds Auto Pause during workouts.

We'll have full review of the Gear Fit 2 Pro in the coming weeks after we thoroughly test it. 

  • 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED touch display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Tizen OS
  • 4GB of onboard storage
  • Support for Spotify music downloads
  • 50 meter (5 ATM) water resistance, MIL STD 810G dust resistance
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi
  • GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
  • Continuous heart-rate tracking
  • Barometer
  • 200mAh battery (up to 5 days of battery life)
  • Works with Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0 and later

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