Unveiled alongside the Galaxy Watch Active
and Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup way back in February
, the low-cost Samsung Galaxy Fit is only now going on sale stateside. This is aimed directly against the Fitbit Inspire HR
at a recommended price of $99.99, and Samsung is probably hoping the activity tracker will help the company narrow the gap to brands like Xiaomi and Huawei in global sales of wearable devices
Fortunately for Samsung, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4
is unlikely to be officially released in the US anytime soon, because otherwise, the value proposition of the Galaxy Fit wouldn't look so great. As things stand, you seem to get plenty of bang and respectable features for your buck, including a built-in heart rate monitor, a "swim-ready" design, decent display, and stellar battery life.
You obviously don't get a lot of premium smartwatch stuff, like standalone GPS connectivity, wrist payment support, or voice calling functionality. Incredibly enough, the Galaxy Fit is both extremely lightweight, at only 23 grams, and fairly robust, touting "military-grade" durability protecting the fitness band from bumps, dust, and extreme temperatures.
In addition to swimming, the waterproof wearable can automatically detect and monitor activities like walking, running, and cycling. It also tracks your sleep patterns, sending real-time alerts when detecting a high or low heart rate, and yet Samsung still advertises up to a week of battery endurance between charges.
That's pretty great stuff, especially when considering the relatively sharp 0.95-inch AMOLED display with 120 x 240 pixel
resolution used to show notifications from connected Android handsets or iPhones. The $100 Galaxy Fit is available in black and silver colors, with a plastic case and fluoroelastomer strap, directly from Samsung
, as well as major third-party retailers like Best Buy
But bargain hunters may want to keep in mind an even cheaper Galaxy Fit-e
model could also come to the US soon with an even lighter body, smaller screen, and predictably enough, no heart rate monitor on deck.