Although Versa could be the new star of the FitBit line, the company has not given up on its simple fitness trackers. The company announced today Fitbit Charge 3, bringing several new features while maintaining the overall simplicity of the charge.
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Aesthetically, the device comes with a renewed body in graphite or rose gold and a Gorilla Glass 3 screen; the latter should provide a welcome update of durability compared to the scratchtastic plastics of the previous model. The screen gets an update with support for grayscale graphics, unlike normal white LEDs on a black background, which should allow for more detailed information and smooth animations. Oh, and it's also a correct touchscreen.
The device is now water resistant up to 50 meters and Fitbit has added swimming monitoring accordingly. Heart rate detection should improve with an updated sensor borrowed from Versa and the new Sp02 sensor for oxygen saturation levels. Meanwhile, Fitbit has also borrowed new software features from its smartwatches, including basic notification support and menstrual cycle monitoring.
To adapt to the new components, Fitbit has removed the physical button for iPhone-esque tactile feedback; the click you hear is just a vibration. It could be annoying, but the touchscreen should make up for it. The extra space also means that the charge maintains the battery life of 7 days despite all the new features.
Fitbit Charge 3 is available for pre-order now at $ 150 ($ 170 if you want NFC) and will be available in October.