Google Announces Fitbit Charge 5

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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  • yoshi

    Premium Member
    25 August, 2021 - 10:06 am

    <p>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.</p>

  • corbey

    Premium Member
    25 August, 2021 - 10:54 am

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

    • jlv632

      25 August, 2021 - 11:48 am

      <p>That makes two of us</p>

      • geoff

        25 August, 2021 - 11:25 pm

        <p>There are many many more than that.</p>

  • huddie

    Premium Member
    25 August, 2021 - 11:07 am

    <p>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.</p>

  • james h.

    25 August, 2021 - 7:03 pm

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

  • harrymyhre

    Premium Member
    30 January, 2022 - 8:59 am

    <p>fitbit is having a massive sale. I bought the fitbit Sense for like $199.</p>

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