Samsung has announced the Gear IconX, its a pair Bluetooth earbuds which do not have wires, they are completely wireless. We’ve seen many startups launch or announce headphones that have no wires to your phone or between the two earbuds themselves.
The Gear IconX costs $199.99 and these are the first truly wireless earbuds from a major manufacturer. As you’d expect, the Gear IconX connect to the phone wirelessly and have no wires connecting the two earbuds — they are truly independent of each other. The earbuds are stored in a pill-shaped case when not in use, which provides up to two full charges. That’s a good thing, because the battery life on the IconX is by far its biggest compromise. Samsung says that the headphones will last about an hour and a half when streaming music from your phone, or just over three and a half hours when playing music stored on their 4GB of internal memory.
The IconX has voice confirmations for each action, and it is managed by an app on the phone. At launch, the headphones will work with most Android phones (running at least Android 4.4 and with 1.5GB or more of RAM), but they will not work with iOS devices.
Its more of like a fitness device first and a personal music streaming device later. The IconX has sensors to monitor movement, heart rate, and distance traveled, and can calculate calories burned, just like a wrist-worn fitness tracker. It syncs all of that data to Samsung’s S Health app, which can export to a handful of other fitness apps.
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