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Fitbit Charge 6: Everything we know and what we want to see
The Fitbit Charge series is the company’s longest-running device line packing plenty of health tracking kit into a slim body. The latest addition to this series came in 2021, so we’re well due a new model. But is the company planning a Fitbit Charge 6? We’ve gathered everything we know about the fitness tracker, including what we hope to see further down.
Our verdict: Fitbit Charge 5 review
Fitbit Charge 6: Everything we know
Will there be a Fitbit Charge 6?
We’d be pretty surprised if Fitbit canned its Charge line. It’s among the more popular and recognized Fitbit lines that contain its best fitness tracker.
Fitbit failed to launch a new Charge model alongside the Sense 2 at its August 2022 event, but this doesn’t mean a Charge 6 won’t debut in the coming months. Fitbit has an unpredictable launch schedule, so it’s not a huge concern that the Charge 6 didn’t launch exactly a year after the Charge 5. With all this considered, we think there will be a Fitbit Charge 6.
When will the Fitbit Charge 6 release date be?
This is the real question. Fitbit missed the first anniversary of the Charge 5, so there’s no telling when the Charge 6 may break cover.
Notably, it took Fitbit nearly two years to launch a new Sense. If it does the same with the Charge series, we can expect a Charge 6 to debut in August 2023. That said, the Fitbit Charge 4 debuted in March 2020, and the Charge 3 arrived in October 2018. There’s no pattern here.
For now, we have to adopt a wait-and-see approach. A Fitbit device with NFC did pass through the FCC in August 2022, but there aren’t enough details in the listing to confirm that it is the Fitbit Charge 6.
What specs and features will the Fitbit Charge 6 have?
The Sense 2 and Versa 4 are almost identical to their predecessors, while the Inspire 3 is the spitting image of the Luxe. Given this evidence, we expect the Fitbit Charge 6 to look much like the Charge 5.
There’s some evidence to support this, too. According to a 9to5Google source, the Fitbit Charge 6 “is near identical” to the Charge 5. It’s great news regarding band compatibility and pricing, but it may give Charge 5 owners little reason to upgrade. This also suggests we can expect a compact form factor, curved glass facade, and bright AMOLED screen to return.
We expect the Fitbit Charge 6 to be the pinnacle fitness tracker in the company’s range. This means building on the Charge 5, which crammed most of the Sense’s features into a slimmer body. If Fitbit sticks to this play, we could see some core Sense 2 features make their way onto the Charge 6.
The most exciting addition would be the addition of the continuous body response (cEDA) sensor. This would allow for all-day automatic stress monitoring by testing electrical current changes prompted by sweat on the skin. The Charge 5 has an EDA sensor of its own, but it can only provide manual spot readings.
What will the Fitbit Charge 6 price be?
The latest line of Fitbit devices has not seen a sharp price increase. The Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3 cost the same as their predecessors at launch. If this is the case with the Fitbit Charge 6, we can expect a $179 asking price. That’s a little steeper than most fitness trackers in the market, so we’ll have to see if the company considers using the Luxe’s $149 launch price as a benchmark instead.
Fitbit Charge 6: What we want to see
The return of the altimeter
Despite a laundry list of upgrades, Fitbit stripped the Charge 5 of this underappreciated Charge 4 feature. The altimeter helped the Charge 4 and its owners keep tabs on elevation and floors climbed. It was a great metric for hikers, climbers, and those who live in high rises. However, for some unclear reason, Fitbit nixed this feature on the Charge 5.
Since the Charge line tends to gain new fitness features each year, Fitbit must include an altimeter on the Charge 6. Not only will it make the tracker a worthwhile upgrade over the Charge 5, but it’ll also make it a complete fitness tracker for those who train in undulating areas.
Continuous EDA smarts
As mentioned above, Fitbit included several Sense-exclusive features on the Charge 5, including the ECG, skin temperature sensor, and EDA sensor. The latter recently received an update on the Sense 2, which now monitors EDA activity continuously. This continuous body response sensor makes for more intuitive stress tracking.
This feature on the Charge 6 would be a great addition to the Charge 5’s health tracking kit and give it a leg up on its fitness tracker rivals. In reality, it’s also the only major new sensor Fitbit could add to the device to set it apart from its predecessor.
Better battery life
The Charge 5 took a considerable battery life hit when it gained a new sensor loadout and bright AMOLED screen. It was a sore point during our review. With the always-on display activated and screen brightness and vibrations set to their maximum, we got just 72 hours from a single charge. The Charge 6 needs more robust battery life to keep pace with more affordable smartwatches and cheaper fitness trackers.
It’s unclear how Fitbit could achieve this. It’ll have to expand the Charge 6’s dimensions if it wants to use a bigger battery. This seems unlikely, given the rumor of its identical design to the Charge 5.
The Fitbit Charge 4 launched with rudimentary Spotify controls that let Premium subscribers control tracks playing on their phones. This feature was stripped entirely from the Charge 5, while the band also failed to gain any universal music controls that would let users stop, pause, or skip tracks on their phones.
In 2022, this is almost unforgivable. Traditionally, the Charge series has lacked music controls, but its high time Fitbit adds this to its premier fitness tracker line. This is especially true considering that almost all of its competitors in this price bracket, like the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 and Huawei Band 7, include music controls.
Google app support
Now that Google is establishing itself as Fitbit’s owner, we’d like to see some more of the company’s features on the Charge 6. Google Maps navigation support would likely make it the cheapest new tracker with this feature. Adding Google Assistant for on-the-fly queries, Google Wallet for payments, and Google Home controls for smart home commands would sweeten the deal.
It seems unlikely we’ll get Assistant support on the Charge 6 when the Sense 2 and Versa 4 did not. However, it would give the Charge 6 some welcome Pixel Watch-like utility.
That’s everything we want to see from the Fitbit Charge 6. Which features do you hope for most? Let us know by voting in the poll below.