Fitbit Charge 3 officially unveiled with touchscreen display, but no built-in GPS

Fitbit Charge 3 officially unveiled with touchscreen display, but no built-in GPS
After a couple of leaks indicating that Fitbit plans to launch a new fitness tracker, the company announced today the upcoming availability of the Fitbit Charge 3 – “the number one fitness tracker.”

Just as we reported last week, Fitbit Charge 3 improves on the previous fitness tracker in the fact that it now features a touchscreen display. However, it does not include built-in GPS, so you'll still be forced to have the Charge 3 paired with a phone for its most advanced features to work.

On the bright side, Fitbit Charge 3 has “an elevated, premium swimproof design,” as well as more than 15 goal-based exercise modes. Talking about the new touchscreen display, Fitbit says that it's about 40 percent larger than brighter than its predecessor's.



Also, Fitbit Charge 3 is supposed to be the first wearable device to feature an inductive button. The battery inside the fitness tracker should offer up to 7 days of use, while the addition of a relative SpO2 sensor should allow for the potential to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels and help track new health indicators.

Fitbit Charge 3 is already available for pre-order in the United States for $149.95, while global retail availability should start in October. The fitness tracker comes in black with a graphite aluminum case or blue gray with a rose gold aluminum case. A Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition with Fitbit Pay will also be available for purchase for $169.95.

source: Fitbit

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4 Comments

1. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

No GPS makes it almost the same as the current model. Seriously don't need to do a lot of interaction with the device so the swiping isn't a feature so much as a way to stay in the game. Pass. Was hoping for the GPS.

2. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

Fitbit has to up their game. The difference between the 2 and now the 3 is touchscreen and the waterproof (i give them that - this one is nice). Nevertheless, for a sport oriented phone that is rather short. As a charge 2 owner, the tracker currently has several limitations that do not seem to be addressed here (for instance, always on display while exercising - and this is just a minor software update). No word on improved accuracy. SpO2 is not that important for the average consumer. I guess the average consumer would prefer a more accurate HR tracker, especially for HIIT workouts.

3. manzer

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

No GPS, no thanks. So inaccurate. Should be illegal.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So it's an expensive Mi band 3...

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