After more than 2 years, Fitbit has launched the second generation Charge and Flex wearables which offer a significant set of upgrades and are now capable of tracking every type of workout. Both wearables will be available later this fall and cost 14,999 INR and 9,499 INR, respectively in India.
“Over the past nine years it has been our ability to innovate on both design and utility, and our deep understanding of what consumers want, that has made us the leading global wearable company,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “Flexquickly became the best-selling tracker on the market as one of the first wearables to successfully merge fitness and fashion;we’ve revolutionized Flex 2 by making it swim-proof and adding more features in a design than is 30% smaller than the original. We broke new ground with Charge HR by making wrist-based heart rate accessible to millions of users around the world, and we’ve done it again with Charge 2, giving users a snapshot of their cardio fitness based on estimated VO2 Max.”
To start with, the Charge 2 has 400 percent bigger display as compared to Fitbit Charge. The display can mirror smartphone notifications. The bands flanking the display are removable. Fitbit Charge 2 is also water resistant and can resist sweat, rain and other occasional contact with water. You can’t wear it in the pool, though.
It comes with a built-in heart rate monitor, PurePulse heart rate tracking and connected GPS that takes location info from your phone to track a map of your route and to calculate stats like speed and distance traveled in real time.
Fitbit Charge 2 can automatically detect and track various exercises like jogging, cycling, weightlifting, etc. It also tracks your sleep and reminds you to move when you have been idle for a prolonged time.
Fitbit Charge 2 can connect with both Android and iOS devices, and also your PCs. Fitbit Charge 2, along with other accessories, will be available for purchase in september for 14,999 INR.
On the other hand, Fitbit Flex 2 is a more compact wearable that can fit into pendants, bangles and other accessories (Which will retail in India as well). Due its compact size, there is no heart rate monitor in the Flex 2. It has no display either, and the 5 LED lights are sole means of interaction with it.
Unlike Charge 2, you can wear Flex 2 in a swimming pool. The Flex 2 can track your steps, distance traveled, calories burnt, stationary time, active time, sleep and also your swimming sessions. Besides it also reminds you to move when you have been idle for a long time.
The Fitbit Flex 2 will be available in october from Fitbit.com, Amazon.in and all major retail stores for 9,499 INR.