Samsung allegedly working on an entry-level fitness tracker
While Samsung managed to release quite a few smart wearables so far, they still need to tackle the low-end market. The company's Gear S2 smartwatch and the Gear Fit fitness wristband are far from that area of the market, but they could get a cheaper sibling soon. According to an exclusive report by SamMobile, an entry-level activity tracker by Samsung is already in the works.
Dubbed SM-R150, this device has a lower rank than the existing Gear Fit, which carries the SM-R350 model number. SamMobile's insiders also reveal that this wearable is called Triathlon internally. If Samsung decides to remove the heart-rate sensor, that would bring costs down, but would also make the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi Band 1S a better choice. In the end, it may all depend on the price and the features it offers for the money.
Since S Health and the Samsung Gear apps are now available for non-Samsung smartphones, the new wearable should be compatible with virtually all Android handsets currently on the market. Making it compatible with iPhones might also increase adoption, but that remains to be seen. We will get back to the SM-R150 as soon as we hear more, so stay tuned.