We knew the Fitbit Surge was coming, but we didn’t have official confirmation – until now.
US-based online store Brookstone has listed the wristband and made it available for pre-order (priced at US$250, around £155 at the time of writing), so we finally know just what to expect from Fitbit’s new wearable, which is being billed as a “Fitness Super Watch”.
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The Surge isn’t app compatible, but it will allow you to receive notifications from a paired smartphone (it works with Android and iOS devices) and control its music playback.
But really it’s centred on fitness: it’s waterproof; it monitors your heart rate; its sensors allow it to track all sorts of activity (including sleep). And one of the main benefits of the Surge is that it has GPS built-in, so you don’t need to take your smartphone out with you on a run or cycle if you don’t want to – it can track your movements accurately without it. The screen is touch sensitive to aid control.
Fitbit is yet to officially announce the Surge, but given Brookstone’s bean-spilling, we’re expecting that to happen very soon.