It looks as if the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro could land this week – and we now have a price tag to accompany the pictures and features that have already slipped.
According to a training deck shared with Venturebeat, the Fit2 Pro, unlike the first Gear Fit2, is fully ready to track swimming with 5 ATM water resistance. It will also sync data with the Speedo On platform for swimmers.
And tipster Evan Blass also found details of the Gear Fit2 Pro's pricing on the website of an online retailer, showing a price tag of $199. That's a $20 premium on last year's Samsung Gear Fit2, no surprising given the 'Pro' aspect of the latest device.
And we shouldn't have long to wait to see if this all comes true. There's a Samsung Unpacked launch event scheduled on 23 August, where the Gear Fit2 Pro could make an appearance alongside the Samsung Gear Sport, which hit the FCC recently.
In terms of features, there looks to be built-in GPS, which would make the Fit2 Pro a pretty robust fitness tracker, but it's the reported addition of offline Spotify playback that has us most intrigued. So far the Samsung Gear S3 is the only other wearable to offer this - putting it ahead of both Android Wear and the Apple Watch. Both of those have their own offline options, but neither with Spotify.
Offline Spotify would be a really neat feature for those who like to work out to music, options for which have been severely limited to date, and usually involves messing around with MP3s. The Apple Watch Series 2 enables Apple Music syncing – but there's yet to be an option for Spotify so far.
Speaking of smartwatch-like functions, the Gear Fit2 Pro is changing to a more secure buckle, which should ensure it keeps a tight lock on your wrist at all times. The report also claims that Gear Fit2 Pro buyers will get a year's subscription to Under Armour's premium tier, but it has no information on price or release date.
The Gear Fit2 Pro name appeared on a support page on Samsung's own website (h/t Sammobile) alongside the model number SM-R365. That model number received FCC approval back in June, while Samsung filed a trademark application for the Gear Fit Pro way back in January.
But there are still plenty of unanswered questions.
The word 'Pro' suggests that Samsung could be ready to offer serious health monitoring from its sporty device. After launching its bio-processor back in 2015, the sensor-packed chip, capable of monitoring PPG, skin temperature, Galvanic Skin Response and body fat data, could finally be making its way into a wearable.
The same tech is expected to feature in Samsung's S-Patch 3 wearable, which also popped up recently in a FCC listing. Modelled on the S-Patch prototype shown off back in 2016 by Samsung, the device will continuously monitor heart to a ECG standard bringing it closer to hospital grade HR monitoring.