Fitbit has just announced three new devices, one of which is its very first smart watch. Even though the company doesn’t want it to call it a smart watch — it wants us to refer to it as “Super Watch” — this is a device with big screen that will show the current time throughout the day. Here we want to sum it all up for you, highlighting few things you should know about the Fitbit Charge, Charge HD and Surge. Let’s roll, shall we?
Fitbit Charge is like beefed-up version of the Fitbit Force, except that it’s (or should be) made out of allergen-free materials. It looks more solid than the Flex, hence it has a higher price. Like any other fitness tracker out there, the Charge will count steps, calories burned, pace and so on. Plus, it will keep up with your sleep, doubling as an alarm clock when needed (relying on the built-in vibration motor). The device has a small screen that will show caller ID.
Fitbit Charge HR is Fitbit Charge with added heart rate monitor, allowing for more precise tracking, including the ability to track such activities as lifting weights, spinning, skiing, yoga, Pilates and more. Users will rely on the HR to maximize training with fat burning, cardio and peak heart rate zones; as well as to maintain workout intensity by reaching their target heart rate.
Finally, Fitbit Surge has all of the bells and whistles of the Fitbit Charge HR, plus GPS, plus bigger (touch)screen. It can also deliver select notifications to one’s wrist such as incoming calls and texts. The device has a total of eight sensors to provide all of the stats fitness enthusiast could ever need. Said touchscreen supports customizable watch faces, and makes it easy to navigate through real-time stats, workout apps and alarms. One a single charge, it will last for up to 5 days.
Fitbit Charge is available now for $129.95 on Fitbit.com and in leading retailers across the U.S. Right now, you can get it in black and slate with blue and burgundy color options coming at a later date.
On the other hand, the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge will be “available broadly in early 2015.” The former will be available in black, plum, blue and tangerine for $149.95; while the latter will be available in black, blue and tangerine for $249.95.