Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Fitbit announces Charge 3 fitness tracker, coming this October for $150

Fitbit announces Charge 3 fitness tracker, coming this October for $150

Fitbit Charge 3 is the first wearable with an inductive button, which includes new patent-pending technology that provides a streamlined, swimproof design, increased space in the device to add more sensors plus a larger battery with up to 7 days of use, and more effortless interaction while maintaining the performance expected from our most advanced fitness tracker. Just as we reported last week, Fitbit Charge 3 improves on the previous fitness tracker in the fact that it now features a touchscreen display.

Like the Fitbit Versa, the Fitbit Charge 3 also has deeper fitness tacking capabilities, like automatic exercise recognition and auto stop, which will pause your run while you wait at a stop light. The newly-unveiled Fitbit Charge 3 doesn't seem like much of an upgrade from Charge 2 at first glance but does come with a few serious upgrades. Shelten Yuen, VP of Research at Fitbit said "Fitbit continues to harness its data to give users actionable insights into their health and wellness". The tracker will also allow you to set goals before your workouts, like the amount of calories you want to burn, or the amount of time you want to spend working out. And soon, Android users will be able to accept or reject calls and respond when on the move with pre-populated or custom quick replies. To achieve that, the company has added a host of software features found on Fitbit's smartwatches such as the Versa.

On the wellness side, the Charge 3 has guided meditation built in, sleep tracking, and female health tracking.

The Charge 3 and Charge 3 Special Edition will hit stores at the beginning of October 2018 in the Americas and EMEA, while Asia Pacific will get their hands on the devices in November 2018. Fitbit also announced a new line of accessories for the device, including classic bands, sports bands, woven bands, and Horween leather bands. Meanwhile, the new Aluminium casing has made the Charge 2 water-resistant, with coverage up to 50-metres.

Fitbit is charging £130 for the standard Charge 3 and £150 if you fancy picking up the Charge 3 Special Edition.

Regardless of its attractive features, the Charge 3 is not girded with a Global Positioning System feature after a deliberate decision on the company's part. This is likely to keep the price down and keep the Fitbit Ionic as the premium option for those that wanted. There will also be a SpO2 (peripheral capillary oxygen saturation) sensor on the Charge 3, which can help to detect health issues such as allergies, asthma or sleep apnea. It's priced at Rs 14,999 for the black (with graphite aluminum case) and blue-gray (with gold aluminum case) color variants.

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