As fitness trackers started to become popular, Chinese companies like Xiaomi and Huawei entered the market with cheaper offerings, undercutting the competition and capturing substantial market share. This has forced global brands like Samsung to rethink their pricing strategy and come with cheaper variants of their popular products to counter rivals. The recently-launched Galaxy Fit-e fits into this category.
The Galaxy Fit-e is a smaller and less-capable version of the Galaxy Fit. Unsurprisingly, it costs less than the regular model, which makes it a strong competitor to popular bands from Xiaomi, Honor, and others. Despite the low price, the Fit-e is not very different from the more expensive sibling when it comes to core fitness features.
The Galaxy Fit-e doesn’t change anything dramatically in terms of design or form factor when compared to the regular version or even previous Gear Fit models. Physically, the Fit-e is basically a smaller and lighter version of the Galaxy Fit. It doesn’t sacrifice on the looks, however, and is as good looking as its larger sibling.
It is made out of plastic and comes with rubber straps that can, thankfully, be replaced with third-party offerings to suit your comfort or design preferences. The band comes with a flat pill-shaped rectangular PMOLED monochrome display with rounded corners. Unlike its sibling, the Fit-e doesn’t have any physical button for interaction. On the back of the device, there is a heart-rate sensor and charging pins. The whole package measures 40.2 x 16.0mm and weighs just 15 grams with the strap.
The Galaxy Fit-e comes with an MCU Cortex M0 96Hz chip, 128 KB RAM, heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, 70mAh battery, Bluetooth v5.0 (LE only), and a 0.74-inch PMOLED monochrome display with a pixel density of 193 PPI. It runs Samsung’s FreeRTOS (Realtime OS) and lacks GPS and 24/7 heart-rate tracking. It is 5ATM water resistant and boasts MIL-STD-810G durability standard. You can check the full list of specifications on our Galaxy Fit-e page.
Compared to the regular version, the Fit-e lacks a color display, gyroscope, and wireless charging. It also has less RAM, reduced battery capacity, and a smaller screen.
Software and Features
The Galaxy Fit-e runs Samsung’s FreeRTOS (Realtime OS) and is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 or higher with 1.5GB RAM and above and iPhone 7 or higher with at least iOS 10.0 onboard. When paired to a smartphone, the Fit-e can display incoming notifications, reducing the need to reach out to your phone every time.
Coming to the fitness features, the Galaxy Fit-e offers Samsung’s automatic workout detection for 3 activities: walking, running and dynamic workout. Users can also manually select workouts in the Samsung Health app on their smartphone and the Fit-e will start to track the chosen activity. The device supports stress and sleep tracking as well.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Fit and Fit-e at the Galaxy S10 Unpacked event in February. The Fit-e is priced at €39 (~$45) in European markets, which is less than half of Galaxy Fit’s price. It comes in black, yellow and white color options, and is already available for purchase in select markets. Pricing and availability may vary depending on the region.
Downloads and Resources
The Galaxy Fit-e comes with a long list of features and the company keeps on adding more and refining further with software updates. You can follow our coverage of the Fit-e to know more and get the most of your device. Don’t forget to check out our review of the Galaxy Fit-e if you are planning to buy one.
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