Fitbit has finally taken the wraps off a series of new wristband fitness trackers, marking its first major launch after recalling its Force wristband earlier this year. As rumored earlier, Fitbit has added three new smartbands to its family: the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Charge HR appear to be modified versions of the Fitbit Force, while the Fitbit Surge has a large touch screen LCD display and a built-in GPS tracker, with the device set to provide more smartwatch-style functionality in addition to its existing fitness-related data collection activities.
The Fitbit charge is a slightly modified version of the Fitbit Force that was recalled six months ago after some users complained of allergic reactions to the wristband. The water-resistant device keeps track of steps taken, distance, calories burned and displays the time as well as Caller ID and smartphone notifications on a small OLED screen. The device promises 7 days of battery life. The Charge is the cheapest of all the three and is priced at £120. It will hit the stores on 17 November.
Fitbit Charge HR
The Fitbit Charge HR is pretty much the same as basic Charge but except for the fact that it comes with a built-in heart rate monitor, which is where the HR gets its name. It also comes with a proper buckle clasp instead of the Charge’s snap-in band. The addition of the heart rate monitor drops its battery life to 5 days on a full charge. The Fitbit Charge will be available in the US in early 2015 in black and plum variants for £120. Other colors like blue and tangerine will follow along after.
The Fitbit Surge is the most expensive of all the three wristbands and includes all the features of the previous two. It also boasts a GPS chip, a gyroscope, and ambient light sensor to pick up even more data during activities, making it more useful when used independently from a smartphone. The LCD touch screen display is much larger and more capable than Fitbit’s previous models. Its battery lasts up to seven days on a charge. The surge allows you to change its display and control music. The black variant of Surge will be available in early 2015 for $249.95, with other colors to follow soon.