Ever since Apple launched the Apple Watch, Fitbit has seen its fortunes turn around. From dominating the wearable market to struggling to remain relevant, the company has been unable to cope up with Apple’s rapid pace of innovation. After the Ionic’s failure, Fitbit met with modest success with the Versa, a $200 fitness-oriented wearable.
Now, a new leak has given a detailed look at Fitbit’s next new wearable, the Charge 3. Successor to the Charge 2, the Charge 3 is going to see a massive revamp in terms of design and features. If the leaked pictures are anything to go by, the Charge 3 will feature a giant touchscreen interface. This will allow the smartwatch to offer many of the functionalities that Fitbit debuted with the Ionic and Versa, including Quick Replies.
Apart from the touchscreen, the Charge 3 is also going to features a 5ATM rating thereby making it swim-proof and water-resistant. The rating means the Charge 3 can be used for swimming for up to 50m of depth.
Similar to the Versa, Fitbit will also be launching a special edition of the Charge 3 with an NFC chip. This will be used for making wireless payments using Fitbit Pay. However, this model will launch only in selected markets and carry a slightly higher price tag as well.
Other specs of the Fitbit Charge 3 will be similar to that of the Versa and Ionic. This means it will feature 24*7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, Bluetooth connectivity, 4GB of onboard storage, and more. Unlike the Ionic though, the Charge 3 will not feature a built-in GPS chip which means one will have to carry their phone with themselves when they go on a run for the connected GPS to work. The 29.94gms heavy wearable is expected to have a 7-day battery life.
There’s no word on when Fitbit will launch the Charge 3, but given how detailed the leaks are, it is likely we will see Fitbit pull the trigger on its latest wearable within the next month.
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