Fitbit has spent the past year seeking out a chunk of the smartwatch market, with the Ionic and Versa launching last fall and this spring respectively, leaving fans to wonder if the wearable giant was ditching out on fitness trackers for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, the intense rumors that have been swirling the past few weeks proved to be true as Fitbit made the exciting announcement yesterday: The Charge 3 is coming.
Probably the biggest addition to the Charge 3 is water resistance — the device will be swimproof to 50 meters. This is huge news for Fitbit fans and a very smart move on Fitbit’s part; there are just too many other fitness trackers that have water resistance and lure away a fair share of shoppers.
The Charge 3 keeps a similar vibe to its predecessor, but there are notable improvements, including a nicer screen and a fresher look. The body is actually now aluminum, and the glass is now Gorilla Glass 3 like the Versa.
Special Edition versions will include NFC contactless payments and woven bands in addition to the classic black band.
The guts of the device are essentially the same as the Charge 2 (sensors and the like) and the traditional tracking remains intact — heart rate, steps, exercise, etc.
Newer Fitbit options like Female Health Tracking will also be available on the Charge 3.
Charge 2 Discounts
The announcement does indicate that it’s time to say farewell to the best-selling Charge 2, but that can work in your favor if you’re looking for a deal. Watch for steep discounts on the Charge 2 (as of today it’s about $30 off) and snatch one up before they are gone. Update: The price went back up, but we expect to see it reduced in price again as we approach the Charge 3 release date.
Opting for the Charge 2 instead of waiting on the Charge 3 means you’ll miss out on water resistance and some other goodies, but the Charge 2 has long been one of our favorite activity trackers, so you’re still getting a fantastic device.
You can preorder the Charge 3 now. It’s set to ship at the beginning of October, with the Special Edition coming in November.