Fitbit smartwatch leaks show colors and new heart rate sensors

Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch has leaked a few times before, but this is probably the best look we’ve gotten of the wearable yet. It’s still definitely a Fitbit smartwatch, and there are only so many form factors you can use for a watch, but the device still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The watch looks like a much more sleek version of the Fitbit Blaze, and it will be available in at least silver with a navy strap, rose gold with blue strap, and a black case with black strap. Like the Fitbit Blaze, it also sports two buttons on the right side of the case and a single button on the left.

Aside from the design, Fitbit is also reportedly switching to a red light for heart rate monitoring instead of green light that pretty much everyone else is using. Red light is slightly more advanced and can track things like oxygen levels in blood and is overall just slightly more accurate than a green optical sensor, which would help Fitbit stand out in an overly crowded fitness tracking market.

Outside of the hardware, the watch is expected to feature all of the same fitness options as the Charge 2, and the watch will have several apps ready to go right out of the gate. Fitbit has partnered with some bigger names for initial apps, but an SDK will follow the watch’s release to help selection grow.

Whatever Fitbit has planned, it’s going to be a struggle to stay competitive with the Apple Watch and the myriad of other cheap fitness trackers and smartwatches.

source: Wearable


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