Samsung Shows Off New S Band Activity Tracker In Germany
Samsung today held a small event in Germany where it showcased its new S Band activity tracker. The €80 ($111) wearable will compete with devices like the Fitbit Flex and the Nike FuelBand, monitoring sleep, calorie consumption, and every step you take throughout your day.
I know what you’re thinking: Samsung just announced the Galaxy Gear Fit, so why does it need the S Band as well? Well, the S Band is obviously a cheaper option that doesn’t offer quite as many features. It doesn’t have a display — just notification LEDs — so you won’t be using it to read incoming text messages or make phone calls.
But if all you want is a simple activity tracker, then it could be a better alternative. The S Band connects to your smartphone (it’s unclear at this point whether you’ll need a Samsung) via Bluetooth 4.0, and charges via microUSB — with up to five days of battery life.
The tracker itself can be removed from the strap and then placed inside a clip-on housing instead. So if you don’t want to wear it on your wrist, you can clip it into your jacket or your pants.
Here’s a hands-on video from the folks over at All About Samsung. It’s in German, but it gives us a nice look at the size and shape of the device.
The S Band is already available for pre-order in Germany, but Samsung is yet to announce availability in other markets.