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Gear IconX 2018: Samsung's new fitness headphones have longer battery life

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 | Gadgets

Samsung has introduced a new version of its wireless Fitness Headphones IconX at the Ifa 2017. The new IconX 2018 come out like the first model without cables, the connection among each other and to the smartphone is via Bluetooth.

    Samsung's new Gear IconX 2018 come in three colors. (Picture: Martin Wolf / Golem.de)

The biggest criticism of the first Gear IconX has eliminated Samsung with 2018 model: the low battery life. The first IconX lasted only an hour and a half in our test; The new model will provide up to seven hours of running time. The talk time should be four hours, the streaming time five hours.
Charging again via storage box
The new IconX is loaded again with a special storage box, which has an integrated rechargeable battery and Pogo pins. When inserting the two ear plugs, their batteries are charged with a respective nominal charge of 82 mAh through the built-in 340 mAh battery. Ten minutes' charge should take an hour. The charge tray itself is loaded via a USB type C cable.
The new IconX is based on the basic principle: the headphones can record various activities and the heart rate using different sensors and a built-in heart rate monitor, which are then evaluated on the smartphone. The headphones are self-explanatory.
Using a touchpad in the right ear plug, users can interact with the IconX. This allows you to skip audio tracks or start and stop playback by means of various knocking gestures.

Personal Laufcoach and Bixby
The new IconX offers a personal run coaching, which gives the user during the jogging hints and tips. In addition, the earplugs are compatible with Samsung's language wizard Bixby. Bixby is now completely available in Germany, but so far only in English and Korean.
The Gear-IconX plugs weigh 8 grams each. The built-in memory is 8 GBytes, users can load music directly on the earplugs. The new Gear IconX will cost 230 euros and will be available from the end of October 2017.


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