Fitbit's been hitting the smartwatch market pretty hard over the past few months with its Ionic and Versa, and following those two wearables, the company's now going back to revive one of its most popular fitness tracker series with the all-new Fitbit Charge 3.
The Charge 3 is an evolution of the Charge 2 that came out before it, and while it has the same general form factor as its predecessor, Fitbit spent a lot of time making sure that the Charge 3 is a more comfortable and stylish tracker. Aerospace aluminum was used for the Charge 3's case while Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers its display, and speaking of that display, the one on the Charge 3 is a gray-scale OLED panel that's 40% brighter and sharper than the screen on the Charge 2.
There's also a lot more you can do on the display. The dashboard from the Ionic and Versa is now on the Charge 3, too, allowing you to quickly see your steps, calories-burned, most recent exercises, heart-rate, and your current cycle if you're using Fitbit's female health tracking tools.
On the non-fitness side of things, the Charge 3 can also showcase all notifications you receive from your phone, supports apps such as Uber, Facebook, etc., and can make contactless NFC payments using Fitbit Pay if you pick up the Special Edition version of it.
Other highlights of the Charge 3 include up to 7 days of battery life, over 15 goal-based exercise routines you can follow, water resistance up to 50M, a new Swim Mode that allows for better tracking while in the water, and more. Along with the Charge 3, Fitbit's also launching a new platform called Sleep Score that aims to provide better insights on data tracked while you're sleeping.
If you're interested, the Charge 3 is up for pre-order today and will be released at some point this October. Pricing starts at $149.95 for the base model and goes up to $169.95 for the Special Edition.
Any word on the vibration strength for notifications and alarms? The last upgrade was so horrible I returned it and got the older version of eBay.
You must have gotten a defective Charge 2 because I have it and not only is the vibration strength more than adequate, but the Charge 2 is a huge upgrade over the original Charge...
The only time my vibe is inadequate, is when the band I use is loose. I have a magnetic band and it will slide from time to time becoming looser than normal. If it gets loose enough for it to spin around on my wrist, I won't feel the vibe.
No thanks. They broke the Aria scale with the firmware update, and all they are doing to telling all the customers that they need to buy the Aria 2. I'm using my Charge 2 until it dies, then I'm leaving Fitbit for good.
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