Wireless earphones are still in their early evolvement stage with some crucial issues like the mediocre battery or connectivity drops in a bunch of cases or the premium price tags. They haven’t yet faced the mainstream limelight, however, this year contained quite a few impressive launches. Samsung, today pushed their latest wireless earphones, the Gear IconX that do play your music wirelessly but what’s interesting here is that Samsung is pitching them as a fitness-first device.

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Let’s get the basics out, they work wirelessly with any Android phone running version 4.4 or up and sustains at least 1.5GB of RAM. The earbuds come bundled with a pill-shaped box that can store and completely charge them up twice. That’s actually a great benefit given IconX’s battery life which lasts only up to 1.5 hours or 3.5 hours if you’re playing directly from the 4GB of internal memory. They look truly elegant with three options and feature a hook design to lock into one’s ears. Exterior noise cancelling is also available and additionally, Samsung has also packed a special audio mode that actually allows outside noise. Moreover, there are touchpads on both the buds that let you control the playback with a bunch of taps and swipes. Unfortunately, they’re not waterproof.

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That’s the audio part of the story, but Samsung is focusing heavily on health with the new Gear IconX. These earphones have built-in sensors to track user movement, count calories, distance and also, measure heart rate. The collected data is synced with the S Health application which can thankfully, export to other more popular fitness platform too. The concept is noteworthy, although, we’re not sure how many users will wear these all the time for logging their movement or distance in that manner.

The Gear IconX available later this year will retail at an aggressive price of $199 and comes in three color variants – white, blue and black. Global availability yet to be announced.


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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.