Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Fitbit Surge announced


Fitbit has announced three new fitness-tracking wristbands – read on for all of the details!


In an upgrade from the likes of the Fitbit Flex, the new devices all feature a display, of sorts – and new for Fitbit’s product line, the Charge HR and Surge both feature heart rate monitoring tech (hence, HR).

Here’s how Fitbit describes its products:

Fitbit Charge

  • Accurate tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and floors climbed
  • A bright, OLED display showing time of day and real-time stats
  • Automatic sleep detection monitors sleep quality using motion analysis to understand sleep and wake times; also features a silent, vibrating alarm
  • Caller ID to helps users stay connected to incoming calls; the wristband vibrates and shows the caller’s name or number when a smartphone is nearby
  • Exercise tracking to easily record workouts, see real-time exercise stats and have summaries appear automatically on the Fitbit dashboard
  • A high-quality, water-resistant, comfortable new textured wristband design with an improved clasp
    Up to 7 days of battery life

Fitbit Charge HR

In addition to all of the above…

  • Continuous 24/7 heart rate right on the wrist to get more accurate all-day calorie burn, reach target workout intensity and maximize training
  • All-day insights into overall heart health including resting heart rate and heart rate trends, alongside stats like steps, distance, floors climbed, calories and active minutes
  • Up to 5 days of battery life – Charge HR is specially designed with battery efficient technology, so you can spend more time tracking and less time charging

Fitbit Surge

And again, in addition to all of the above…

  • Built-in GPS delivers stats like pace, distance, elevation, split times, route history and workout summaries for smarter training
  • Records multi-sport activities like running, cross-training and strength workouts; see comprehensive summaries with tailored metrics, workout intensity and calories burned
  • Smartwatch features including Caller ID, text alerts and mobile music control let users train smarter and stay focused right from the wrist
  • Eight sensors—3-axis accelerometers, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor, GPS and heart rate—working harmoniously to give users the most advanced tracking in the thinnest, lightest design on the market
  • Backlit LCD touch screen display with customizable watch faces, makes it easy to navigate through real-time stats, workout apps, sleep and alarms
  • Up to 7 days of battery life – Surge is specially designed with battery efficient technology, so you can track a work week or a marathon on just one charge

The Fitbit Charge is apparently available now in the US for $129.95 (in black and slate, with blue and burgundy coming soon), the Charge HR will be available in early 2015 for $149.95 and Surge around the same time for $249.95.

We’ll let you know when we have the UK details.

James O’Malley
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