Following image leaks of two new Fitbit fitness trackers, the company today officially announced the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2. In addition, the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta wearables will receive a software update soon that brings new notifications, clock faces, and move reminders.
Starting with the Fitbit Charge 2, the new device comes with a large OLED screen that includes a built-in tap display and is intended to capture all-day activity, including the usual statistics like step count, heart rate, calories burned, and more. Like other Fitbits, the Charge 2 allows for sleep tracking and wake alarms, and will also remind users to move in order to stay ahead of activity goals. When not working out, Fitbit is giving Charge 2 users a chance to dress their device up with all-new luxe leather bands and other premium accessories.
Improving on the original Fitbit Charge HR, the new OLED display is 4-times larger, “so you can see more activity stats and keep your fitness goals on track with just a glance.” In addition to basic fitness readouts, the screen will also show smartphone-connected information such as text messages and emails. All of the Fitbit Charge 2’s features will be able to last up to 5 days depending on usage, according to the company.
Similar to the Breathe app coming to WatchOS 3 on the Apple Watch, Fitbit also announced “Relax,” a mindfulness experience on the Charge 2 that will guide users through breathing exercises daily to help relax them. Relax will read each user’s heart rate to determine the most comfortable breathing rate for each exercise, with sessions customizable from 2 to 5 minutes.
The Fitbit Flex 2, which is 30 percent smaller than the original model, follows in its predecessor’s footsteps with a minimalist design that houses a row of LED lights instead of a traditional tap display. As a result, the Flex 2 is more rugged and the device is even water resistant up to 50 meters, letting it “automatically track your pool swims as exercise in the Fitbit app, capturing your laps, the duration of your workout, and caloric burn.”
Due to the Fitbit Flex 2’s small design, the actual tracker is also able to be housed in a variety of new wearable accessories created by the company. These include basic wristbands, fashionable bangles, and even necklaces. Fitbit will also be launching “designer collections” of new wearable accessories, including stainless steel bands and nylon bracelets that cost a more premium price, up to nearly $300.
The Fitbit Flex 2 is available for pre-order as a wristband in black, lavender, magenta, and navy for $99.95, and will launch in November. The Fitbit Charge 2 has a few more color options: black/silver, plum/silver, blue/silver, teal/silver, lavender/rose gold, and black/gunmetal, the latter two of which are considered “special editions.” The Charge 2 is not yet up for pre-order, however, but those interested can opt-in for email notifications for when the new device will go on sale, presumably alongside the Flex 2 in the fall.
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