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And as for the display, it is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 to prevent nicks and scratches.

Samsung continued to revolutionise the visual display industry at IFA 2017, with the release of a new 43-inch version of The Frame that was first unveiled earlier this year.

As far as fitness features are concerned, you still get a heart rate monitor and there's an accelerometer to automatically track runs with a new Running Coach mode that will pipe in updates in real-time to keep you on track.

Fortunately, it will be able to act as a remote control for Samsung-based bits and bobs around the house, including devices made by Samsung for the Internet of Things, not to mention controlling Samsung Gear VR headsets.

Finally, for those who want a companion when working out, Samsung's second generation wireless earbuds might be more to taste. Still, not even the latest Gear S3-one of the best smartwatches on the market-was enough to put Samsung in the conversation with Apple on the smartwatch side, or Fitbit on the fitness side.

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Behind the scenes the watch is powered by a dual-core processor and 4 GB of storage, which again matches its predecessors from previous year. The price for the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro has been announced - it will be priced in at $199 and will be available starting the 15th of September.

We're fans of the Gear Fit 2, and at IFA it got some incremental, but significant updates.

In addition, the Fit2 Pro's Super Amoled curved 1.5-inch display allows users to view notifications easily and its new more-secure ergonomic band makes it more comfortable to wear.

This means that once the band has detected you moving for more than 10 minutes, it'll log your workout. It comes with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity for pairing and data sharing with the smartphones. They look identical to their predecessor and have much of the same standalone fitness tracking and music-streaming features. Unlike the Gear S3 and the Gear Sport, two size bands aren't included so you'll need to choose accordingly when you buy. The smartwatch also comes with a gyroscope, barometer, heart rate sensor and ambient light sensor.

The Gear Fit2 Pro is also water resistant down to 50m. The Gear Sport itself will be available in blue and black color options, and from there you can customize it to your own personal style and preference. With a simple tap and hold of one of the earbuds, users can summon Bixby, Samsung's digital AI assistant, with their voice. Both devices provide access to Under Armour's fitness apps including Under Amour Record, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and Endomondo for activity, nutrition, sleep and fitness tracking functions- these apps provide users with a holistic picture of their health and fitness.

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