Google Announces Fitbit Charge 5

Posted on August 25, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Fitbit, Google, Hardware with 6 Comments

The Fitbit Charge 5 is the first Fitbit device to be released under Google and it features a color display and a thinner design.

“As our approach to strength evolves, we’re introducing Fitbit Charge 5, our most advanced health and fitness tracker, to help keep a pulse on your fitness, stress, heart health, sleep, and overall wellbeing – all in a thinner, sleek design,” the Fitbit team writes in the announcement post. “With a brighter, color touchscreen and up to seven days of battery life (varies with use), Charge 5 delivers the convenience features you need to focus on what’s most important.”

The big feature here, of course, is that color display, and had this been around a year ago when I opted for the Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatch, I would have gone with this smaller and sleeker tracker instead. The display is AMOLED, offers an always-on option, and is twice as bright as that of its predecessor.

The Charge 5 is Fitbit’s first tracker to feature an EDA sensor for measuring your body’s response to stress, and it will provide a daily stress management score in the Fitbit app. It will also soon include ECG capabilities in select countries, and it provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring with notifications, and of course all of the sleep tools for which Fitbit is famous.

The Fitbit Charge 5 comes with six months of Fitbit Premium for free, and that paid service has also been updated with new features, including a Daily Readiness experience that can help you understand if your body is ready for a  workout or if you should prioritize recovery instead.

The Fitbit Charge 5 costs $179.95 and can be preordered now. It will ship worldwide this fall, Google says.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Google Announces Fitbit Charge 5”

  1. yoshi

    I have been wanting to get back to the Fitbit ecosystem for some time, and I think this will do it for me. It looks very nice.

  2. corbey

    I threw away my last Fitbit and deleted my account when Google bought the company. Not going back now.

  3. huddie

    I've had the Flex and every Charge up to 4. Durability's never great but with each new version they always seem to add the things I want. This time it was a brighter display and, low and behold, there it is. It's a bit pricier but it looks great. If I needed a new watch I'd probably buy this.

  4. james h.

    Oh, there is a bad link to the Versa 3 article, it goes to the Windows 20th Anniversary Edition article instead.


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