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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Fit and Fit e

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Inexpensive fitness bands take the fight to Fitbit

We’ve long been fond of Samsung’s fitness trackers, the Galaxy Gear Fit. In fact, our mobile phone correspondent and reviewer extraordinaire, Nathan Spendelow, wears a Fit 2 Pro every day and, when we reviewed it last year, we gave it a five-star Best Buy award.

The new Samsung Galaxy Fit tracker, launched alongside the super-cheap Galaxy Fit e, looks very similar to that tracker. The big difference, aside from the name and branding change, is that Samsung’s new trackers are set to cost a lot less than their predecessors.

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Samsung Galaxy Fit and Fit e: Features, specifications and release date

Samsung Galaxy Fit

  • 0.95in 240x120 AMOLED display
  • Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, wireless charging, 5ATM waterproofing
  • MCU Cortex M33F 96MHz + M0 16 MHz
  • 120mAh battery
  • 24g
  • Realtime OS
  • Compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS
  • Black or Silver
  • Price: £89 [TBC]
  • Release date: 26 April [TBC]

Samsung Galaxy Fit e

  • 0.74in, 64x128 PMOLED display
  • Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, 5ATM waterproofing
  • MCU Cortext M0 96MHz
  • 70mAh battery
  • 15g
  • Realtime OS
  • Compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS
  • Black, White or Yellow
  • Price: £35 [TBC]
  • Release date: 26 April[TBC]

Samsung Galaxy Fit and Fit e: Key features and first impressions

Despite the significantly lower price, though, the Galaxy Fit has a similar look and feel to its predecessor. It has a large colour display embedded on a wide, flattish band – and it has all the tracking sensors you’d hope to see on a modern fitness wearable. There’s a heart-rate monitor, sleep, step and stair tracking. The only thing it doesn’t have is GPS, which at this price is fair enough.
 
The Samsung Galaxy Fit e, in keeping with its much lower price, has a simpler look to it and a cut-down feature set. Instead of a colour display, the screen is monochrome, with white text on a black background and, from a distance, looks a lot like the ultra-cheap, ultra-competent Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and many other cheap fitness bands.
 
It also lacks the gyroscope, suggesting less accurate tracking, and doesn’t support wireless charging, meaning you’ll have to take extra care of your (presumably) proprietary charger.

Samsung Galaxy Fit and Fit e: Early verdict

The cheap fitness band market is awash with Fitbit imitators and many are perfectly competent. The big problem they all have is that they’re not, well, Fitbit and thus don’t have the huge community that allows people to compete and compare stats with their friends.
 
The Samsung Galaxy Fit and Fit e, despite hailing from a big-brand background, suffer a similar problem and as such, they’re always going to struggle to compete. Samsung will hope that the lower price will build a community and take the fight to Fitbit.

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