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Fitbit launches Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3, all available for pre-order now
- The Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 are the latest smartwatches from Fitbit. Both feature numerous upgrades.
- Meanwhile, the upgraded Fitbit Inspire 3 has a color touch screen, an SpO2 sensor, and more for a low price.
- All three wearables are available for pre-order today for a Fall launch.
Today, Fitbit is officially taking the wraps off three new wearable devices. Two of the devices are traditional smartwatches with upgraded hardware, software, and builds compared to their 2020 counterparts. Meanwhile, another is a fitness tracker that might just become the best value Fitbit to get.
The Fitbit Sense 2 is at the top of the heap. It is now the best Fitbit available. Meanwhile, the Versa 4 removes a few features from the Sense to offer a cheaper alternative. Finally, the Inspire 3 is the fitness tracker, which has tons of upgrades compared to the Inspire 2 but keeps the low price.
Fitbit Sense 2
Fitbit has redesigned the Sense 2 from the ground up. The company claims the watch is 10% thinner and 15% lighter than the original Sense. It also apparently has a lower center of gravity, which should help with all-day (and all-night) comfort.
The most obvious new addition design-wise, though, is the new physical button. You know what that means: no more capacitive groove! Now you can navigate your watch using a real, clicky button, which should make things faster and more accurate
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Inside, Fitbit tells us the Sense 2 has a new processor and other hardware. This should make the watch faster and smoother. The software has also been redesigned to bring in glanceable tiles which the user can customize. This should help wearers get the wearable experience they specifically want rather than what Fitbit gives them.
Also, Fitbit has redesigned the way you take EDA and ECG readings. On the Sense, a metal strip running along the edge of the pebble acted as a contact for these readings. Now, the metal is integrated into the glass face of the watch, making it look more seamless while also making it easier to take those aforementioned readings.
The Fitbit Sense 2 is now the best wearable Fitbit offers.
However, taking EDA readings won’t be as much of a burden as they were on the original Sense. Now, cEDA (continuous electrodermal activity) readings can happen in the background all day. This will be part of Fitbit’s new Body Response feature. Essentially, the all-day EDA scanner — in tandem with the heart rate monitor, skin temperature monitor, and other sensors — will keep an eye on your emotional state. When it notices a big shift in readings, it will notify you. “Hey, I noticed you’re feeling differently right now. What’s up?” it might say. Then, you can tell it that you’re worried, excited, angry, etc. The watch (or Fitbit app) can then tell you some tips on how to deal with whatever you’re going through at the moment.
Finally, in some of the most exciting news related to the Fitbit Sense 2, the watch will gain access to Google Maps and Google Wallet by the end of the year.
The Fitbit Sense 2 will cost $299. It includes six months of Fitbit Premium for free for new and existing subscribers.
Fitbit Versa 4
As with the 2020 launches of the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3, the Fitbit Versa 4 is just a watered-down version of the Sense 2. It has a similar look and design — including the new physical button — but it sacrifices some of the high-end features to keep the price lower.
Notably, the Versa 4 does not support ECG, EDA, or cEDA readings. That means the Body Response feature will not land on the Versa 4.
However, it will support all the features found on the Versa 3 with some extras thrown in. It will support Google Maps and Google Wallet when they come around. The Versa 3 also features 20 new exercise modes, including HIIT, dance, and weight-lifting. Sleep tracking is also available along with Sleep Profile for Fitbit Premium subscribers.
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Of course, all those features also land on the Fitbit Sense 2.
Once again, the 2022 Versa model looks to be the best choice for most people, while the 2022 Sense will be for folks who want a holistic and all-encompasing view of their health.
The Versa 4 will cost $229. It also includes six months of Fitbit Premium for free whether you’re a new or current subscriber.
Fitbit Inspire 3
Last but not least, we have the Fitbit Inspire 3. This is a wholly reworked Inspire with a full-color touchscreen. It does all the basics: heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, fitness tracking, and even SpO2 monitoring. Smartphone notifications are supported and it can get up to 10 days of battery life.
All these upgrades don’t affect the price either. The Fitbit Inspire 3 is landing at the same $99 price as its predecessor. This will likely make the Inspire 3 the best value Fitbit available, if not the best Fitbit in general for most people.
The Inspire 3 will also come with six free months of Fitbit Premium whether you’re new or already in the program.