Whether you’ve never slapped a fitness tracker on your wrist or you’re the guy who bangs out 10,000 steps before 10 a.m., we’ve got some good news about the latest in wearable tech.
Today Fitbit unveiled three new activity and sleep-tracking devices: the Fitbit Charge, the Fitbit Charge HR, and the Fitbit Surge. These products join the ranks of Fitbit’s existing offerings: the Flex, Zip, and One as well as the Aria wi-fi smart scale.
Here’s what you can expect from the powerful new lineup—plus how and when to get your hands on the tricked-out fitness trackers.
Fitbit Charge (Above)
The Fitbit Force got a facelift, and this is it. Here’s what the beginner-friendly Fitbit Charge has to offer:
> Tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and floors climbed
> Exercise tracking to easily record workouts, see real-time exercise stats, and have summaries appear automatically on the Fitbit dashboard
> Bright, OLED display showing time of day and real-time stats
> New automatic sleep detection monitors sleep quality using motion analysis to understand sleep and wake times; also features a silent, vibrating alarm
> New Caller ID helps users stay connected to incoming calls; wristband vibrates and shows caller’s name or number when a smartphone is nearby
> High-quality, water-resistant, comfortable new textured wristband design with an improved clasp
> Up to 7 days of battery life so you can track an entire week with just one charge
Fitbit Charge HR
($149.95, available early 2015)
The Charge HR includes all the benefits of the Fitbit Charge, plus:
> Continuous heart rate right on the wrist 24/7 to get more accurate all-day calorie burn, reach target workout intensity, and maximize training
> All-day insights into overall heart health including resting heart rate and heart rate trends, alongside stats like steps, distance, floors climbed, calories, and active minutes
> Up to 5 days of battery life – Charge HR is specially designed with battery efficient technology, so you can spend more time tracking and less time charging
The Charge HR features Fitbit’s proprietary PurePulse optical heart rate technology, which provides continuous and automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking, without an uncomfortable chest strap. PurePulse uses safe LED lights to detect blood volume changes when your heart beats, right on your wrist and applies Fitbit’s finely tuned algorithms to deliver heart rate tracking 24/7. PurePulse helps users:
> Get accurate calorie burn for more activities– during exercise and everyday activities like walking, running, biking, lifting weights, spinning, skiing, yoga, Pilates and more
> Maximize training with fat burning, cardio and peak heart rate zones
> Maintain workout intensity by reaching your target heart rate
> Optimize health through heart rate trends and resting heart rate, an important measure of overall heart health and cardiovascular fitness
($249.95, available early 2015)
The sleek-looking Surge is Fitbit’s most advanced tracker to-date. Featuring 8-sensor technology that combines the power of all-day fitness tracking with GPS, heart rate tracking and smartwatch functionality, Fitbit Surge is ideal for users committed to training, dedicated to health and consistently looking to maximize progress.
Fitbit Surge includes all the breakthrough features of Fitbit Charge and FitbitCharge HR, plus:
> Built-in GPS delivers stats like pace, distance, elevation, split times, route history, and workout summaries for smarter training
> Records multi-sport activities like running, cross-training, and strength workouts; see comprehensive summaries with tailored metrics, workout intensity based on heart rate and calories burned
> Smartwatch features including Caller ID, text alerts, and mobile music control let users train smarter and stay focused right from the wrist
> Eight sensors—3-axis accelerometers, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor, GPS, and heart rate—working harmoniously to give users the most advanced tracking in the thinnest, lightest design on the market
> Backlit LCD touch screen display with customizable watch faces, makes it easy to navigate through real-time stats, workout apps and alarms
> Up to 5 days of battery life – Surge is specially designed with battery efficient technology, so you can track a work week or a marathon on just one charge
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