New Fitbits, eh?
That’s right, pal – as of this week, the company’s line-up of activity trackers is two wristbands stronger, thanks to the unveiling of the Fitbit Flex 2 and Charge 2.
I think I heard about these already…
There’ve been some leaks recently, so their launch isn’t a huge shock, but at least now we know what they offer, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Tell me about the Charge 2, then – just an update of the original Charge?
Not really. This one has quite a bit more going for it on the feature front. While the original Charge could only track basic activity and sleep patterns, the Charge 2 also offers continuous PurePulse heart rate tracking, guided breathing sessions (to help you chill out and reduce stress and anxiety) and offers a snapshot of your cardio health, which it compiles by checking your heart rate, exercise data and user profile.
It also sports a screen four times larger than that of its predecessor, which makes it easier to see and interact with (it’s tap-compatible). While it's not an actual smartwatch, the Charge 2 is something of a halfway house, because it shows notifications from a connected smartphone as well as the time.
And the Flex 2?
It’s big thing? It’s small. 30 percent smaller than the first Flex, in fact, and has a sleek wristband with a tracker that can be removed to make it even lighter and easier to wear. The styling is a major focus and Fitbit is offering stainless steel and gold-plated wristbands and is partnering with major designers in order to offer a wide variety of Flex 2 “looks”.
But what about its tracking?
It’s a much simpler device than the Charge 2 - no heart rate monitor on this one. It's got basic exercise tracking, including swimming activity (helpfully, it’s waterproof to 50m) laps, duration and the calories burned. It also reminds you to move periodically (because let’s face it, you need nagging) and shows your daily goals progress by displaying a line of LEDs.
And when can I buy these fit new Fitbits?
Soon. Both trackers are available on “pre-sale” now, with the Charge 2 priced from ₹14,999 and the Flex 2 from ₹9,499 with a regular wristband.