Fitbit confirms its smartwatch will arrive later this year, but LTE support is no go


After acquiring Pebble and Vector, two prominent companies specialized in smartwatches, Fitbit announced earlier this year that it would launch its own smartwatch. Fast forward a few months and reports emerged that the Fitbit smartwatch might have been delayed until fall, even though Fitbit's officials didn't offer an exact release date in the first place.

Today, Fitbit CEO James Park told Financial Times in an interview that the company's smartwatch hasn't been delayed and that it will be launched later this year. According to him, the Fitbit smartwatch will focus on endurance rather than high-end features like LTE support.

The Fitbit smartwatch will be waterproof, and it will pack biometric sensors on unknown nature. Instead of adding an LTE radio, the company will include an accurate GPS tracker so that the smartwatch will offer longer battery life.

Unfortunately, Park hasn't mentioned anything about the software running on the Fitbit smartwatch, so it's unclear whether the company will use its own ecosystem, Pebble's software, or an entirely different one.

Another important aspect that remains to be clarified in the coming months is the price of the Fitbit smartwatch. Hopefully, the company's expectations, as well as consumers' will meet somewhere in the middle so that we can have a product decently priced.

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2 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

That's good news majority don't want LTE & that reduces battery & makes the device thicker.

2. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Looks good! I have the Blaze and if this has any upgrades I'll definitely be getting this one.

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