Fitbit presented its new connected watches and bracelets, the Fitbit Inspire 3, Versa 4 and Sense 2. Without major revolution, they bring a slightly revised design and a new interface.
Good things come to those who wait for. After several months of rumors, Fitbit finally officially presented, this Wednesday August 24, its new connected watches and bracelets for the year 2022, the Fitbit Sense 2, Fitbit Versa 4 and Fitbit Inspire 3. It must be said that, if the manufacturer had partially renewed its range last year – with the Fitbit Charge 5 and the Fitbit Luxe – we were mainly expecting new connected watches from the new Google subsidiary. The latest batch of watches — with the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 — dating back to late 2020.
However, despite a two-year wait, we can’t say that Fitbit’s new watches are a complete game-changer. While some might have hoped that these were the first Fitbit watches integrating Wear OS, this is not the case. The three new products launched this Wednesday are all equipped with Fitbit OS, the brand’s in-house system.
However, the interface has been slightly revised with a few new features. This is the case of a new navigation system by data tiles, quite similar to what we can have on watches from Garmin. The new Sense 2 and Versa 4 will also benefit in part from the integration of certain Google services with the arrival of the Google Wallet application for contactless payment and point-to-point navigation on Google Maps.
A Fitbit Inspire 3 bracelet with a revised design
To take the new features in order, let’s start with the entry-level, namely the new Fitbit Inspire 3 connected bracelet. This new model, more accessible than the Fitbit Charge 5, logically succeeds the Fitbit Inspire 2 launched there two years. It also benefits from a new design with a bracelet better integrated into the activity tracker. The design is also advertised as thinner with the addition of a sensitive button to help navigate the interface.
The main novelty comes in fact from the arrival – finally – of a color screen instead of the monochrome display present on previous versions. This new bracelet still benefits from a ten-day autonomy with several health functions. Besides counting the number of steps and monitoring the heart rate continuously, it is also able to measure the oxygen saturation in the blood.
The Fitbit Inspire 3 is also able to analyze the quality of sleep and the level of stress and benefits, in the premium version, from the Daily Readiness score. As a reminder, this score indicates if you are fit to start training or if you should recover more.
The Fitbit Inspire 3 is available with a black, yellow or pink strap – other straps are available as an option – and is priced at 99.95 euros.
Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 without major revolution
On the connected watch side, Fitbit has once again split its range into two products with the Fitbit Versa 4 for the mid-range and the Fitbit Sense 2 for the high-end. These two watches can also take advantage of an integrated function on previous models, but only across the Atlantic: the detection of atrial fibrillation.
Thanks to their heart rate monitor, they will be able to alert you in the event of an irregularity in your heart rate. They will also benefit from the new sleep profiles deployed by Fitbit since June with an animal symbol based on your different sleep habits. In addition, the Fitbit Sense 2 will be able to integrate this totem animal into a specific dial.
The two Fitbit watches also benefit from a slightly thinner and lighter design while maintaining GPS tracking to find the route of your workouts. Fitbit has also changed the center of gravity of its watches to position it lower on the cases so they are more comfortable to wear. Both the Sense 2 and the Versa 4 benefit from a sensitive button to navigate through the interface. They can also manage calls via Bluetooth and allow you to respond to SMS. On the autonomy side, count on six days of use for both models.
If the two Fitbit watches share many points in common, the Fitbit Sense 2 is however distinguished by its more advanced health functions. It benefits, like the previous model, from an electrocardiogram to visualize the electrical signals of your heart, but also from a measurement of stress thanks to a monitoring of continuous electrodermal activity.
In the event of significant stress, the watch may ask you how you feel and suggest some activities. In addition, the ECG can be used to verify a suspicion of atrial fibrillation which would have been detected by the heart rate monitor.
The Fitbit Versa 4 is available in four colors – black, blue, peach and red – at a price of 229.95 euros. For its part, the Fitbit Sense 2 is available in three colors: black, cream or light gray. Fitbit’s high-end watch is launched at a price of 299.95 euros.
It should also be remembered that Fitbit worked alongside Google on the Pixel Watch, which is expected to launch this fall. The manufacturer is working on a future connected watch equipped with Wear OS, Google’s operating system, but has still not communicated on this project.
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