The best thing about the hot new Fitbit Sense smartwatch could be usable this year0
We may earn a commission if you make a purchase from the links on this page.
Apple Watch Series 4 and last year's Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 by debuting with dormant built-in ECG monitoring capabilities. For the life-saving technology to become active, Fitbit needs FDA clearance stateside, which can often take a really long time.That's because the premium health-centric smartwatch follows in the footsteps of 2018's
Obviously, one has to assume the wearable device manufacturer started the approval process way before officially announcing the Fitbit Sense, but the same could probably be said about the aforementioned Galaxy Watch Active 2, whose US owners remain unable of using the wrist-based ECG app.
Wareable that the feature is expected to be authorized both in the United States and European Union "this side of the holidays."While Fitbit initially kept things vague regarding ECG availability, the company quickly confirmed to the folks over at
Although there's no specific date to share with the public just yet, the US Food and Drug Administration is apparently in the "final" stage of the review process, which means there's a very good chance the Fitbit Sense will be able to match the ECG-taking capabilities of the Apple Watch family by the end of the year. Early 2021 at the latest, and only if something goes seriously wrong in this final authorization phase.
Basically, the race is now on between Fitbit and Samsung for who can deliver the technology to its customers first. Much like the Sense, the recently released Galaxy Watch 3 is expected to get the feature soon, possibly even before the Apple Watch Series 6 sees daylight.
For those unaware of its benefits, an electrocardiogram records the electrical signal from your heart to check for signs of atrial fibrillation, a potentially fatal condition that affects more than 33.5 million people globally. While a $330 smartwatch is by no means to be considered an infallible and professional medical device, its aim will be to help unsuspecting users to get to a doctor early and receive the assistance needed to keep such issues in check.
the latest global market report, Fitbit badly needs to catch up to the likes of Apple, Samsung, and even Garmin, which the feature-packed Sense could pull off.As highlighted by
In addition to ECG, this puppy can also estimate a wearer's stress levels with a world-first electrodermal activity sensor, as well as monitor your blood oxygen saturation, skin temperature, and heart rate variability to provide almost unrivaled insight into your overall health.