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Fitbit Luxe 2: Everything we know and what we want to see
The Fitbit Luxe, the company’s first fashion-first fitness tracker, filled a niche between the Charge and Inspire lineups. It wasn’t a landmark device, but it provided an option for users who value aesthetics above pure functionality. We expect Fitbit to announce the Luxe’s successor later in 2022, but will it be the Fitbit Luxe 2 or another device? We answer these questions and outline our wishlist below.
Fitbit Luxe 2: Everything we know
Will there be a Fitbit Luxe 2?
There’s no reason to suggest there won’t be a Fitbit Luxe 2, and there’s evidence that a fitness tracker may launch in support of the Versa 4 and Sense 2. Code spotted by 9to5Google in their teardown of the Fitbit Android app hints at a tracker dubbed Nyota. Judging by its screen size, it’s safe to say it won’t be a pure smartwatch.
That said, we’re not sure if the Luxe 2 will really be called the Luxe 2. The original Luxe debuted in April 2021, so Fitbit’s already late with the follow-up’s release. However, the Fitbit Inspire 2 debuted in September 2021. It’s not wholly farfetched to imagine Nyota launching as an upgraded Inspire product for 2022. There’s no evidence of this, so we’ll have to see how it plays out in the coming months.
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What features will the Fitbit Luxe 2 have?
The Fitbit Luxe’s biggest draw was its customization options for fashion-conscious buyers, focusing less on fitness freaks. We expect a sequel to follow the same formula.
9to5Google‘s teardown also revealed an interesting detail about the Luxe 2’s potential display. Like the Versa 4 and Sense 2, the Luxe 2 may use the same display as its predecessor, with a 206 x 126 AMOLED. Based on this, we imagine that the screen size will remain the same at 0.76-inches. These details hint that the overall size of the Fitbit Luxe 2 shouldn’t deviate much from the original.
Fitbit Luxe 2 specifications
We doubt Fitbit will use the Luxe line to debut its latest innovations, so expect a similar feature layout as the original. This should include heart rate tracking, a pulse oximeter, a 5ATM water resistance rating, and the usual Fitbit smart features. Could Fitbit filter down some features from its premium lines? Possibly. If so, we could see an EDA sensor for smarter stress monitoring and a skin temperature sensor. But don’t get your hopes up. The Luxe line isn’t meant to push the fitness envelope.
What will the Fitbit Luxe 2 price be?
So, what will that price be? There’s no telling how Fitbit will position the Luxe 2. The original launched at a pretty lofty $149, placing it between the Fitbit Charge 5‘s $179 launch price and the sub-$100 Inspire 2. Considering these devices and the Luxe’s natural (and much cheaper) competition, Fitbit faces a tough task pricing the sequel.
It also depends if Fitbit intends to keep the Luxe line, or integrate the new model into an existing series. Those unsubstantiated mutterings suggesting the Luxe 2 could effectively be an Inspire device may not mean a two-digit price tag is out of reach.
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Fitbit Luxe 2: What we want to see
The Luxe line might be for fashionable users, but it’s still a fitness tracker first and foremost. Lugging your smartphone around for connected GPS tracking is a pain. We hoped the Luxe would arrive with onboard GPS, but that didn’t materialize. It’s time Fitbit rights this wrong by including built-in GPS smarts on the Luxe sequel.
The same or lower price
Fitbit has a habit of slightly inflating the prices of its successive devices. We wouldn’t bat an eye if Fitbit made marked improvements generation over generation, but the Luxe is already pricey compared to its competition. If Fitbit really wants to make the Luxe 2 an attractive buy, it should at least keep pricing parity with the original.
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More customization options
The Luxe was among Fitbit’s first trackers with an AMOLED screen. It came with the benefit of better outdoor visibility and funky watch faces. Initially, 20 were made available, but that’s far too few for our liking, especially when compared to the Versa and Sense lines. We’d love Fitbit to make more watch faces, giving users more options for the fashionable tracker. On top of this, we’d also like to see more color combinations for the Luxe 2’s bands and tracker body to truly set it apart from other devices.
Better battery life
There’s nothing more annoying than constantly removing your fitness band to charge it, and unfortunately, you have to do that a little more often with the Luxe than the Inspire 2 or Charge 4. Fitbit trackers are usually renowned for their longevity, but the original Luxe lasts five days between charges. That’s a stark decrease over the Inspire 2’s 10-day span and Charge 4’s week-long duration. We get it’s a compact tracker, but the Luxe 2 needs to beat or match the Charge 4’s figure. Sure, five days is nothing to sniff at, but why get the Luxe 2 if it still lags behind the company’s older trackers?
A bigger display
Finally, the Fitbit Luxe 2 should adopt a larger screen. That seems unlikely considering the rumors we know so far, but the display used on the original Luxe is far too small to glance at data while running or preoccupied. It’s also tiny compared to cheaper rivals, like the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and Huawei Band 6. A bigger display will also improve ease of use, as flicking through menus is challenging for those with larger hands.
Which upgrade would you like to see most on the Fitbit Luxe 2?
That’s everything we want to see on the Fitbit Luxe 2. Which features do you desire most? Be sure to vote in our poll above.