Samsung Announces Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds and Gear Fit 2

Samsung today introduced the Gear IconX, a set of wireless earbuds that are similar in style to the Bragi Dash. The IconX earbuds have no wires to connect them to one another and no wire to plug them into a smartphone or other device, instead communicating wirelessly over Bluetooth.

Priced at $199.99, the IconX earbuds feature 4GB of internal storage to hold music and use hooks to securely fit into an ear. There are also built-in fitness sensors for monitoring movement and heart rate, with the data able to be synced to Samsung's S Health app, and there's a built-in voice coach feature. Touch gestures like tapping and swiping on the earbud are used for skipping tracks and changing the volume.

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When not in use, the earbuds can be placed into a pill-shaped case which also serves as a backup battery, offering two full charges. The battery inside the IconX lasts for one and a half hours when streaming music or for three and a half hours when playing music stored on the earbuds themselves.

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Samsung debuted the new earbuds at an event in New York and gave several tech sites a hands-on demo, giving us a first look at some early impressions. According to The Verge, IconX is "pretty good" at blocking outside noises, while TechCrunch points out Samsung is marketing the earbuds as a workout-only accessory given the "dismal" battery life.


Gizmodo thought the controls could be a "little unreliable" but thought the audio quality was impressive, and Engadget said it took a minute to get them secured properly in the ear, but once in place, they "didn't feel like they were going anywhere."

Samsung's Gear IconX earbuds come as rumors suggest Apple is preparing to remove the headphone jack from its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, set to be released this fall. There have also been rumors indicating Apple is working on its own set of wireless Bluetooth earphones that would be sold alongside the iPhone 7 as a premium accessory with many of the same features in the IconX.

Samsung plans to debut the Gear IconX in blue, black, and white in the third quarter of 2016.

The company has also announced an updated waterproof Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker with a wider 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED display, 4GB storage, GPS, a heart rate monitor, a barometer for measuring altitude, and features for automatically detecting exercise activities. The Gear Fit 2 will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow at select retailers and available in stores on June 10.

Tag: Samsung

Top Rated Comments

penajmz Avatar
87 months ago
I bet this is off of the rumor that Apple is making some just like these....


1 and a half hours battery life? Hahahahahahaha
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zoboomafoo Avatar
87 months ago
I was looking for some earbuds I could lose easily. These should do nicely.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
codydale Avatar
87 months ago
so now apple come out with their own for the iPhone 7 series.....

how the tables have turned on innovation, apple is the one playing catch up now.
Well... You sure do have the right to look at it that way, but I would suggest the more appropriate response would be something like, "Apple has been rumored to be unveiling an iPhone that will not feature a headphone jack [and therefore it should be implied they will be doing a new version of wireless earbuds] so Samsung is trying to beat them to the punch - irregardless of features, quality, or battery life."

I am not against Samsung making a product, but they have done this several times now and I believe the above perspective would be the correct one to have in this situation.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikemch16 Avatar
87 months ago
Battery life is 1 hour and 30 minutes??? Seriously??? Samsung can be so out of touch sometimes...
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
87 months ago
so now apple come out with their own for the iPhone 7 series.....

how the tables have turned on innovation, apple is the one playing catch up now.
Oh give over. What you've stated, based on this article, is nothing short of conjecture. Mindless, rhetorical, generic Apple hating, at its best.

Just stop using every single MR report as a springboard for rambling nonsense.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmatthewware Avatar
87 months ago
so now apple come out with their own for the iPhone 7 series.....

how the tables have turned on innovation, apple is the one playing catch up now.
No point being first if it sucks.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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