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Withings announces the Pulse HR fitness tracker with 20-day battery life
- Withings has announced a new fitness tracker called the Pulse HR, a follow-up to 2013’s Withings Pulse.
- The Pulse HR comes with a PPG heart rate sensor, connected GPS, and 20-day battery life.
- It’s available for pre-order now for $129.95.
Withings has been focused on analog hybrid smartwatches for a few years now, but today it’s getting back into the fitness tracker game. The Withings Pulse HR is the company’s new fitness tracker, a follow-up to the Withings Pulse from 2013.
The Pulse HR’s $130 price tag puts it head-to-head with other fitness trackers like the Fitbit Charge 3 and Garmin vivosmart 4. At least under the hood, the Withings device seems to keep up with the competition. It comes with a photoplethysmography (PPG) heart rate sensor, which will measure your heart rate in 10-minute intervals throughout the day and continuously during activities. You can also track your activities with GPS if you don’t mind taking your phone with you when you go out for a run.
The Pulse HR also has a 5ATM water resistance rating, the ability to track up to 30 different activities, automatic activity recognition, and 20-day battery life. That beats the pants off the Charge 3 and vivosmart 4’s seven-day battery life.
Withings says the Pulse HR has a “modern design,” but I’d have to disagree — it looks decidedly generic and doesn’t have that Withings flair we’ve seen with devices like the Steel HR.
If you’re interested, you can pre-order the Withings Pulse HR now from Amazon or Withings.com for $129.95. It’ll officially go on sale December 5, just in time for the holidays.