Monday, Oct 27, 2014, 09:42 am PT (12:42 pm ET)
Fitbit on Monday gave aptness buffs 3 new options for wrist-worn activity trackers, introducing a Charge and Charge HR — spiritual successors to a Fitbit Force — alongside a Fitbit Surge, that a association is job a “fitness super watch.”
The Fitbit Charge and Charge HR competition a scarcely matching form cause to a Force, and continue to lane activity metrics including stairs taken, stretch traveled, calories burned, and floors climbed. They embody a same small, slightly-angled OLED arrangement that shows a stream time as good as a wearer’s daily statistics.
Other prior Force facilities — including nap tracking, quivering alarms, Caller ID display, and practice tracking — also continue in a new incarnations.
The Charge HR does a Charge one improved with a some-more customary watch-like rope closure, and adds continual heart rate monitoring around built-in visual beat tracking record identical to that found in a Apple Watch. The dual aptness bands are rated for 7 and 5 days of battery life, respectively.
The Surge, meanwhile, is an all-new “fitness super watch” that comes with a incomparable touch-screen LCD panel. It includes a built-in GPS receiver to lane incomparable transformation statistics like pace, distance, elevation, separate times, track history.
Fitbit has packaged 8 sensors into a Surge, including 3-axis accelerometers, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor, GPS and heart rate sensors.
In an bid to contest opposite some-more fully-featured smartwatches that also embody aptness functionality, Surge users can accept content alerts on a device, and benefit a ability to control song on their mobile phone. Fitbit says a Surge is good for 7 days of battery life.
The Fitbit Charge is accessible now from Fitbit.com for $129.95 in black or slate, with blue and burgundy entrance soon. The Charge HR and Surge will be accessible in “early 2015” for $149.95 and $249.95, respectively.