Fitbit Charge 3 wearable starts shipping this week, Special Edition coming next month
The time has finally come for the company’s latest installment in the wildly successful Charge franchise to start shipping to early adopters. Global “retail partner stores” will kick off actual sales of the Fitbit Charge 3 this Sunday, October 7, with Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target, Verizon, and Walmart all part of the gadget’s roster of authorized US sellers.
You’ll obviously also be able to purchase Fitbit’s “smartest tracker yet” directly from the manufacturer, and the price is set at a reasonable $149.95 nationwide for “standard” versions in black with a graphite aluminum case and blue gray with a rose gold aluminum case.
A swanky berry/rose gold model is listed at Best Buy as shipping from October 21, while Fitbit Charge 3 Special Editions in white/graphite and lavender/rose gold with NFC support for wrist payments are currently scheduled for November rollouts.
Across the board, you’re looking at an almost surprisingly stylish, lightweight, and swim-proof fitness band with a relatively sharp touchscreen in tow, PurePulse heart rate tracking functionality, and “relative SpO2 sensor” promising enhanced insight into your physical activity, sleep quality, and overall health status.
Perhaps most important of all, the Fitbit Charge 3 vows to keep the lights on for up to 7 days on end without needing to hug a wall. Meanwhile, what you’re not getting is built-in GPS capabilities, while certain “essential smart features”, like quick replies on Android, are not available at launch, instead coming “soon” in a software update that’s still in the works.