Samsung is set to launch a pair of activity tracking wireless earbuds called Gear IconX.
It also features touch controls similar to [easyazon_link identifier=”B01BHAU6QO” locale=”US” tag=”affiliandseoo-20″]Bragi Dash[/easyazon_link], and even works in a similar fashion where taps and swipes are used to control certain functions like skipping songs or changing volume. There’s also 4GB of onboard storage to pile on your music and a charging case to keep them powered on the move.
This should be useful since the earbuds will only last about an hour and a half when streaming music from your phone, or a little over three and a half hours when playing music that’s stored.
As for the fitness tracking side of things, the IconX has a built-in accelerometer and heart rate monitor to track your movement, heart rate and distance traveled which then calculates calories burned.
Just like the Gear Fit2, its able to sync all of that data to Samsung’s S Health app, which can export to a handful of other fitness apps. The earbuds can also connect with Endomondo, MapMyRun, Runkeeper and Strava as a Bluetooth heart rate monitor.
Interestingly, there’s a Voice Guide feature that provides instant voice feedback on your workout progress which sounds a bit like LifeBEAM’s Vi hearables. However IconX’s guide probably won’t be able to provide in depth, actionable insights which is what Vi promises to do.
Again like the Gear Fit2, the earbuds are compatible with Android phones running at least Android 4.4 and with 1.5GB or more of RAM, and will not work with iOS devices.
Priced at $199, the Gear IconX is slated to launch later this year in Q3 and will be available in black, white and blue.