Fitbit is a leader and innovator in the world of wearable technology, which is why their products are always in such high demand. Unfortunately, this also means that they are always at the center of the latest rumors. Their commitment to perfection and excellence not only sets them apart from the competition, but it also keeps them in the spotlight and makes them the talk of the town.
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What’s New from Fitbit in 2018: Rumors & News
Coming Soon: Fitbit Versa
Update 3/13: Fitbit has made the official announcement regarding the rumors about a Blaze replacement. Called the Versa, this forthcoming smartwatch will be less expensive and sleeker in design than the Ionic. Here are the key things to know:
- It will be offered starting at $199.95
- It will include support for Android phones to reply to texts (no support for iOS at this time)
- It will have smartwatch features like Fitbit Pay, Pandora, and the app store
- Additional features include: 4+ day battery life, sleek design (especially compared to the bulky Ionic), women’s health tracking mode, and Fitbit’s excellent fitness tracking functions
You can preorder the Versa right now, and it releases in April.
After weeks of speculation, we now have a name and potential release date for the next wearable from Fitbit. The Fitbit Versa will replace the Blaze, acting as a “mass appeal” smartwatch and offering water resistance, smartwatch capabilities, and a sleeker, smaller style as compared to the Ionic.
The entrance of the Versa also means that it’s time to say farewell to the Fitbit Blaze. It’s currently discounted, so grab one for a fraction of the original price, while they last.
Fitbit Ace: Activity Tracking for Kids 8+
Along with details about the forthcoming Versa, Fitbit also announced a new activity tracker for kids: the Fitbit Ace, coming May 2018.
The initial price is $99.95 and it looks remarkably like the Alta HR. It’s showerproof, features goals, sleep tracking, and challenges to help kids get moving.
What we know so far
While nothing official has come from Fitbit, sources from numerous outlets are confirming some basic info about the Versa.
- Launching mid-April
- Will run Fitbit OS with apps
- Will be available in charcoal, black, rose gold, and silver
- Will feature a smaller face
- Will be water resistant to 50 meters
- Will not include GPS
Some speculate that the price tag will run between $200-$250 dollars. It makes sense to assume that the Versa will include all the Fitbit features we all love, including tracking functions and solid battery life.
Given the projected launch date and all the rumors swirling around, we expect an update from Fitbit soon. We’ll update here as soon as we have more info.
February 2018: Smartwatch Rumors
Recently, Fitbit provided bits of information regarding their next steps and plans for the upcoming year. While there aren’t any solid details just yet, Fitbit will be focusing on smartwatches — specifically, a family of “mass appeal smartwatches.” Some early leaks indicate that the smartwatch will look quite different from the unique and oversized Ionic, which is probably a good thing. The Ionic itself was a pretty spectacular failure by most standards, and part of that is likely linked to the aesthetics of the watch.
Fitbit kept a low profile during CES in January, so this is the first real news we’ve heard from them. Even without out much from Fitbit, there is still plenty of speculation about a follow up to the wildly popular Charge 2. There’s also the Adidas edition of the Ionic smartwatch should be available by the end of March.
With Fitbit’s earnings continuing to be disappointing, it’s evident that the company needs to make some big changes to keep up with the rest of the wearable world, and to regain traction. With the Apple Watch 3’s impressive sales, it seems that wearable brands are moving toward smartwatches more often. However, there is still a market for activity trackers — as Garmin’s recent releases have shown. Fitbit continues to quietly add to their app store, partner with various software and app developers, and make changes to the Ionic. It seem likely that there will be more smartwatches before fitness trackers.
We’ll keep updating this page as we hear of more product announcements and rumors! For now check out our guide to the best Fitbits.
What’s New from Fitbit in 2017
Ionic, Flyer, and Aria 2
Exciting news this week! Fitbit announced not one, not two, but THREE new products set to launch this fall.
The tech world has been buzzing ever since the leak of the super smartwatch code named “Higgs” earlier this year. Would it replace the current Blaze? Would it have the improvements the Surge so desperately needed? How would Fitbit’s acquisition of smartwatch companies Pebble and Vector impact the new product? We finally have some answers!
The Ionic is now available (you can order here!), and an Adidas special edition version will drop in 2018.
The details are pretty exciting. Here are some of the features of the Ionic:
- Water Resistant: The Ionic is water resistant up to 50 meters and counts laps
- GPS: Fitbit says the integrated GPS is delivered through industry-leading technology, so you can count on all the benefits of GPS (including elevation, split times, and maps) right on your wrist
- Notifications: The new Ionic includes all the smart notifications you expect from a smartwatch, including phone, Facebook, email, and more
- Music: Leave the phone at home and listen to up to 300 songs from the Ionic. Or, stream from Pandora
Each of these exciting features (and plenty others) make the Ionic something to be excited about. And, with an initial price tag of $299, it can directly compete with Apple smartwatches.
The Ionic will have a new sensor for a more comprehensive look at your overall health, as well as an improved PurePulse technology for greater accuracy in heart rate tracking and related data.
Fitbit has made it simple to leave your phone and wallet at home. The Ionic has everything you could possibly need: music, personal training through Fitbit Coach, GPS, and integrated Fitbit Pay, which enables you to make purchases right from your smartwatch.
Plus, the Ionic will still have a great battery life (4 days), automatic running detection (which also automatically pauses), available accessories, and lots more. We’re impressed by the specs and potentials of this upcoming device.
The rumors about Fitbit wireless headphones are also true: Fitbit’s second product announcement goes hand in hand with the Ionic. The Fitbit Flyer works seamlessly with the new Ionic smartwatch and will also be available in October.
Designed to be a partner to the Ionic, the Flyer also works with other Bluetooth compatible devices plus personal assistants (Siri, etc.). Features and design of the Flyer include:
- Rain, splash, and sweatproof thanks to a durable hydrophobic nano-coating
- AAC wireless codec and Passive Noise Isolation for great sound quality
- Comfortable, durable design for all day wear between different devices
- Up to 6 hours of play time
The original list price for the Flyer is $129, so they are priced competitively for wireless earbuds. They are offered in two colors: Lunar Gray and Nightfall Blue.
Completing the trifecta of new healthy living tools from Fitbit is the newly redesigned Aria 2. The Aria 2 is a Bluetooth compatible Wi-Fi smart scale, and it’s easy to integrate with the new Ionic.
The Aria 2 syncs with the Fitbit app and provides tracking for BMI, weight, and more.
Fitbit redesigned the original Aria to include:
- Better accuracy
- Easy setup
- Improved interface and screen readability
- Support for multiple users
- Compatibility with other apps like MyFitnessPal (through Fitbit app)
The Aria 2 fits into Fitbit’s aim to help users focus on holistic health and make smarter lifestyle choices. It is available in black or white.