There are currently eight Fitbits on the market, but it looks like two of them are about to get a new lick of paint. Unsurprisingly, it’s the older members of the Fitbit family that are getting refreshed with the evergreen Fitbit Flex getting water-proofing and a sleek new look, while the Fitbit Charge gets a heart rate tracker as standard.
TechnoBuffalo uncovered the images of the new devices that offers some insights into their features in the house style of the Fitbit website. The new look Fitbit Charge will offer all day tracing and smartphone notifications to make it more smartwatchy in feel. On top of that, it will also offer interchangeable bands, which is a big improvement and one of my bugbears from when I reviewed the functionally solid Fitbit Charge HR.
The big surprise, however, is the inclusion of heart rate monitoring as standard. That would actually mean a reduction in the number of Fitbits, as previously the company sold two versions of the Charge – one with, and one without a heart rate monitor.
The new version of the Fitbit Flex certainly has taken design cues from the brilliant Fitbit Alta. Once again, it has “interchangeable accessories” – which is where every Fitbit seems to be going now – but intriguingly it’s also labeled as “swim-proof”. That’s a big deal – while most people thing of Fitbits as waterproof (I once had a Fitbit One surviving a tumble through the washing machine), the company actually only describes them as water resistant, meaning that they’re only designed to cope with a little rain or a lot of sweat. Being swim-proof is a big upgrade, and may lead to extra ways of tracking activity within the Fitbit app.
That’s pure speculation now, as is price and release date estimates. The leaked picture of the new Fitbit Charge does show the date as 27 November, which could potentially be a clue, but that still really only has a one in 365 chance of being right, so I’m not going to make that prediction. Prices are also up in the air, but given these are upgrades to existing models, it wouldn’t be wholly surprising if they slipped in at the same prices as their current equivalents.