As you may have noticed, the biggest change in the upcoming Charge seems to be the screen size. Both the original Fitbit Charge and the slightly enhanced Fitbit Charge HR have a single strip of an OLED display. The upcoming Charge will have a larger screen to display more information, and we don’t see any reason as to why Fitbit wouldn’t use the same OLED technology.
The Fitbit Charge 2 will also feature the same PurePulse heart rate technology that we saw in the Fitbit Charge HR, meaning it will use continuous heart rate monitoring. Apart from those, the rest of the features are similar to what we’ve seen from older Fitbit Charge devices: smartphone notifications, interchangeable bands, and multi-sport mode.
As for the simpler – and the less expensive – of the two, we see a new design. The Fitbit Flex 2 will have vertical LED dots instead of the horizontal ones that we are familiar with. And as the images suggest, the design change will apparently allow for a slimmer and smaller wristband.
In terms of specs, the most notable addition is the fact that the second generation Fitbit Flex is now “swim-proof.” Fitbit devices are not waterproof – at least not the ones available now. They are water-resistant at most, for light rain or a particularly sweaty workout. With the new Fitbit Flex, however, it seems like that’s about to change. That’s great news for the athletes out there who are aquatically-inclined.
We don’t know when the two new Fitbit devices will launch, but some of the images show the date November 27th, which could indicate the release date. Given Fitbit’s pricing strategy, we wouldn’t expect them to be as expensive as some of the smartwatches out there.
Also, we would be curious to see if the Fitbit Charge 2 will address the controversial complaint that the PurePulse heart rate technology is not as accurate as Fitbit claims.
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