Samsung has entered the wireless headphone fray with the announcement of the Gear IconX, which offer fitness tracking capabilities.
Samsung has had some interesting forays into wireless headphones; most recently, we reviewed the Gear Circle and found it a great, if peculiar, piece of tech. Now, the company’s new Gear IconX buds combine wireless audio with fitness tracking smarts.
The GearIconX buds are the first truly wireless headphones from Samsung, which connect to a mobile device wirelessly and bear no tethered connection between each ear bud. Read: Samsung Gear Circle review: a full revolution?
The Gear IconX buds arrive in a pill-shaped box which doubles as a mobile charging unit that will accommodate two full charges on-the-go. Samsung has stated that the buds will offer a somewhat minuscule one and a half hour battery life while streaming music from a mobile device, and up to three and a half hours when playing music stored within their 4GB of internal memory.
Each IconX weighs little more than a silver coin – think of a South African R5 – and bears hooks that lock it into the cartilage of a user’s ears to avoid a nasty mishap.
The IconX sports tap and swipe controls to swap between tracks, navigate menus and control volume, and bears sensors to measure movement, heart rate, distance traveled, and calculate calories burned.
Unfortunately, while the Gear IconX will work on Android phones running Android 4.4 and above, the units won’t work with iOS devices. Read: Samsung Gear S2 Review: Tizen to the entire range?
What are your thoughts on Samsung’s new wireless buds? Would you buy a set, or would the short battery life deter you? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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Source: Samsung Newsroom