Samsung unveiled a new activity tracker, or as they call it a “lifestyle band,” called the “Charm by Samsung” today. Initially the device is being released in Korea, Italy, France and Russia. Other markets will be added soon. Samsung goes for a minimalist design with the Charm, making it appear more like jewelry instead of a watch.
The Charm will be available in Gold, Black and Rose Quartz and is a squarish shape. The bands are thin and can be easily separated from the Charm itself. The Charm keeps track of steps taken in a day and can provide notifications of incoming calls, texts and social media updates.
Samsung equipped the Charm with some onboard memory so that it can continue to collect data and sync up with a smartphone at a later time in case you leave your phone behind. When connected to a smartphone, users can use the the Samsung S Health app to monitor data on steps taken, distance covered and an estimated number of calories burned.
A separate app for the Charm can be used to manage alerts from applications like text messages or incoming calls. Users can also set color-coded notifications for things like charge status, connectivity and the battery level.
When it comes to the battery, Samsung says the Charm has an estimated life of 14 days between charges thanks to a 17 mAh battery. The Charm comes with a Pogo-pin cradle for charging.
Although the Charm’s full features may work best with Samsung smartphones, it is compatible with any device running Android 4.4 or higher.
Samsung did not release pricing details or information on specific retailers in the countries where the Charm is available.