New Gear IconX earbuds are more comfortable, can launch Bixby

Samsung launched its Gear IconX activity tracking wireless earbuds last year. Samsung claimed that these cord-free lightweight earbuds provide a perfect fit with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips. We mentioned in our Gear IconX review that we love how they fit and feel in the ears, even though they weren’t fully ready for prime time.

Samsung today announced its new Gear IconX cord-free earbuds. Not much has changed. The design has been slightly updated to make the earbuds more ergonomic and lightweight. Samsung says that they’re more secure and comfortable to use.

The new Gear IconX measures 18.9 x 21.8 x 22.8 mm and weigh just 8 grams per earbud. There’s 4GB of internal storage. They connect via Bluetooth v4.2. The 82mAh battery promises a talk time of up to 4 hours and music playback time of up to 7 hours, quite a lot higher than the original IconX.

The bundled charging case has a 340mAh battery and it provides one extra charge on the go. The Gear IconX is compatible with any Android device running version 4.4 and up.

Like its predecessor, the new Gear IconX has an accelerometer and a heart-rate monitor for activity tracking. The data is synced with Samsung’s S Health platform. It’s capable of tracking distance, speed, duration, heart rate, and calories burned.

The Gear IconX turns on automatically when it’s placed in the ears. Users can control the music via the built-in capacitive touch controls. There’s also a Voice Guide feature on the Gear IconX which provides instant voice feedback on workout progress.

Unsurprisingly, they are also capable of launching Bixby when paired with a supported device like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8. Samsung is going to start selling the new Gear IconX soon in black, gray and pink colors.

The new Gear IconX will cost 229.99 euro and will be released by November this year.

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