Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Fitbit announces four new wearables including Versa Lite Edition

Fitbit introduces new Inspire ($70) and Inspire HR ($100), Versa Lite ($160), and Ace 2 for kids ($70) Fitbit Ace 2 fitness tracker aims to get kids up and moving
Celia Hoffman | 08 March, 2019, 18:41

Ace 2 debuts new animated clock faces, motivating challenges to keep kids moving, and colorful avatars and cover photos to personalize their profiles within the Fitbit app. And again, it's an affordable device that targets consumers who may have been intimidated by more expensive devices. Plus it may also be a great way to jump into the world of wearables and start tracking your fitness.

While smartwatches are floundering Fitbit and other wearable fitness tracking companies will continue to grow their market share.

Those in the UK will likely have to wait a week longer with both Amazon UK and Argos using Friday 22 March as placeholder dates. Each mirrors the legacy of Fitbit wearables' size and shape thanks to the small, black tracker hardware and silicone bracelet for attaching each to your wrist.

In fact, Amazon sold the Fitbit Versa for only £135.99 / $145 over the Christmas sales period.

If you've used the Fitbit Versa, you'll know a lot of the design that's on offer here. It's an everyday smartwatch that has most of the core fitness and smart features that the Versa is known for.

If you never own a Fitbit before, this is probably the one you should go for.

Fitbit introduces new Inspire ($70) and Inspire HR ($100), Versa Lite ($160), and Ace 2 for kids ($70)

There are thick bezels around the display here, but if you're using a black watch face it's hard to notice these.

FitBit also announced new versions of their cheaper trackers to compete with rivals. Instead of the three button setup as seen on the original variant, the lite variant comes just with a single button.

The Versa Lite is available in white, lilac, mulberry, and marina blue, and bands come in six colors, including scarlet, charcoal, and sunshine. Better yet, like the older Fitbit One, the Inspire can be removed from its band and placed in a clip, so you can wear it inconspicuously under your clothing if you prefer.

Building on the Fitbit Versa family of devices, Fitbit Versa Lite Edition is an everyday smartwatch with most of the core fitness and smart features on the Versa, including automatic activity, PurePulse 24/7 heart rate and Sleep Stages tracking, 15+ goal-based exercise modes, connected Global Positioning System, smartphone notifications, apps, 4+ day battery life and relative SpO2 sensor, which has the potential to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels and help track new health indicators about health, such as sleep apnea.

They are water resistant up to 50m and you can take them out for a swim. There are no on-screen workouts here though, which is something reserved for top-end Fitbit products. Other features include smartphone notifications, apps, and relative SpO2 sensor to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels. The Inspire trackers are slim and can be worn next to a traditional watch if needed. Fitbit Pay does not work with all banks' cards anyway and if you always carry your phone with you when you exercise, you probably don't need your Fitbit to be able to store and play music. We'll have a full review soon.

What's notable about the Versa Lite Edition is what it lacks - Lite Edition, remember?

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