No sooner do I suggest we could/should see something new from Fitbit at this years #IFA2018 event, than they release their next wearable!
Fitbit Charge 3
So, just ahead of Europe’s biggest technology show, Fitbit announce their latest device, the Charge 3. With the release of the Versa earlier in the year, Fitbit have opted to strengthen their fitness tracker range this time around. But is there enough of a difference from the Charge 2?
I believe Fitbit really are pushing for a more intelligent fitness tracker rather than a smart watch that could compete with the likes of Apple or Samsung, and I’m completely fine with that. They refined what we all know as a fitness tracker and the Charge 3 is clearly the next evolutionary step in this process.
A new larger OLED display makes the device more interactive with touchscreen capabilities being included. The Charge 2 only had tap touch interaction. Another physical upgrade to the screen housing comes in the form of an inductive side button which replaces the physical one previously.
The inductive button gives the Charge 3 a better overall seal which means it is more water-resistant! Fitbit state this is up to depths of 50m but in reality this device is good for swimming with, not for diving! And thanks to the larger screen the designers and engineers have been able to squeeze more sensors in.
“Fitbit has enhanced its 24/7 PurePulse® heart rate technology for even greater accuracy during exercise compared to Charge 2, and provides a better measure of calorie burn and resting heart rate to optimize workouts and help uncover health trends. The addition of a relative SpO2 sensor – a first for a Fitbit tracker – allows for the potential to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels and help track new health indicators, like sleep apnea.” ~ Fitbit.
In the software, Fitbit have been able to finally include a swim tracking program and even allow you to personalise the exercise modes! On other models, Fitbit have predefined exercises built into their trackers to help you work out. Now you can tailor these workouts to suit your own needs, such as to increase the amount of calories burned or extend the duration.
But there is some disappointment! The Charge 3 only has connected GPS which means you’ll need your smart phone if you want to map your run. And, unless you opt for the slightly more expensive, Special Edition model, there will be no Fitbit Pay with the standard Charge 3. Both big omissions for travellers in my opinion!
The connected GPS will be reliant on the Fitbit App (Android | Apple | Windows coming soon). This is where Fitbit does excel, as their app is easy to use, well presented and does help you make the most of your device. It’s just a shame you need it with you when out for a run!
The Fitbit Charge 3 is a much improved model on its predecessor and now offers better support for exercises and your lifestyle in general.
- Strap Width – 4.94mm
- Touchscreen Display
- Small & Large Straps Included (Woven or Sports with Special Edition)
- Swim-proof to 50m
- 2 Hour Charge Time
- 7 Day Battery Life
- Optical Heart Rate Monitor
- Fitbit Pay (Special Edition Only)
How Much Does the Fitbit Charge 3 Cost?
The Fitbit Charge 3 will start at £129.99 for the base model and will begin shipping around October 2018. The Special Edition Charge 3 will be £149.99 and ship from November 2018. Both are available on Pre-Order.
Alternatively, the Fitbit Charge 2 is down to £99 on Amazon!
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