Fitbit Announces Two New Smartwatches

Posted on August 25, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Fitbit, Wearables with 7 Comments

Fitbit today announced the Versa 3 smartwatch plus a new offering called Sense that adds stress management and ECG, SpO2, and skin temperature sensors.

“Our mission to make everyone in the world healthier has never been more important than it is today,” Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said in a prepared statement. “We are breaking new ground with our wearables, helping you better understand and manage your stress and heart health, and pulling your key health metrics together in a simple and digestible way to track things like skin temperature, heart rate variability, and SpO2 so you can see how it’s all connected. Most importantly, we are making health accessible, surfacing new data that you may only get once or twice a year at the doctor’s office that you can use to focus on your holistic health and wellness, at a time when it’s needed most.”

The Versa 3 is the latest version of what had been Fitbit’s flagship smartwatch. It features on-device GPS, an in-app workout intensity map, enhanced PurePulse 2.0 technology, and Active Zone Minutes, the firm says, and starts at $229.

The Fitbit Sense, meanwhile, is the new flagship smartwatch, and it adds additional capabilities such as stress management with electrodermal activity (EDA) sensing, ECG capabilities for assessing heart rhythm for signs of atrial fibrillation, skin temperature sensing, and more. It starts at $329.

The Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense are available for preorder now and will ship by the end of September.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Fitbit Announces Two New Smartwatches”

  1. hellcatm

    I won't know how worthwhile they are to get until I see battery life. Anything under a week is a no buy to me.

  2. hellcatm

    In reply to BrianEricFord:

    Well if I go out of town I don't want to have to worry about having to charge yet another device even if it only takes 15 minutes. Having to charge my phone, tablet, headset, game controllers, wireless speakers...etc. It's nice when I don't have to charge each one every single day!.

  3. rmlounsbury

    I'm interested in the Fitbit Sense. I hope that Google buying Fitbit eventually means that Google Pay will be avaialble on these devices. My little credit union will likely never be available on the Fitbit pay platform which makes that system pretty worthless to me. It's not a deal breaker but annoying that it's yet another payment system that probably won't ever work with my bank.

  4. aerofann24

    Perhaps they should make sure that certain updates don't brick their existing lineup before they release new hardware. Had an Ionic that was working just fine, then the last update caused the buttons to not function when it wasn't plugged in. Called customer service and was told that "it's impossible for an update to cause that problem", and their solution was for me to buy another device. So I did buy another device... One that wasn't a Fitbit. I'm not dealing with a company that refuses to take responsibility for a problem they caused.

    • studerje

      In reply to aerofann24:
      did you by chance try the 3 button salute? Holding down all 3 buttons until it does a hard reboot?
      that has fixed some weird FitBit issues for me. That being said I still haven’t installed the latest update on my ionic because of issues others have reported.


      • aerofann24

        In reply to studerje:

        Ha... Never heard the term "three button salute", but I love it! I did try that, but within about 10 seconds after reboot the buttons stopped working again unless it's charging. I have heard of other people being worse off on the Fitbit support forums, having just bought their Ionic 3 months prior and they can't even get them to power up anymore after the update. I ended up just getting a Huawei Watch 2 as I have a Huawei Mate 20x and was hoping for better functionality... And battery life aside, there definitely is more functionality. I just need to figure out now if I'm going to mainly use Huawei Health or Google Fit. Thank you for the tip on the Ionic though.

      • aerofann24

        In reply to studerje:

        I was very tempted by the Versa 2, but didn't want the same potential problem down the road. Also, your very lucky that your not a seeker like me and didn't update your Ionic... I should really practice patience in the future!

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