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Fitbit Announces Its Ionic Smart Watch
September 24 2017, 01:18 | Alexander Lowe
Fitbit Ionic: Release date, specs and everything you need to know about Fitbit's GPS smartwatch
Following months of rumours and speculation, Fitbit has finally taken the wraps of its new fitness watch. Fitbit is also launching a set of Bluetooth headphones called Fitbit Flyer, which compete with Apple AirPods, that will retail for $129.95. The headphones will go on sale in October alongside the Ionic.
The new smartwatch will work alongside the Fitbit app on your Android, iOS or Windows Phone device.
Fitbit Vice President of Design Jonah Becker said the device was designed with practicality in mind. But at least it packs some serious specs under the hood.
As leaks suggested, charging pins are also present on the bottom of the device with the heart rate sensor, allowing for the bulldog-style charging clip to attach. The watch features a sensor that will track SpO2, or oxygen saturation in your blood, to diagnose sleep apnea. Are you getting one? In the morning the app will provide you with detailed info on light, deep and REM sleep stages. The $130 Aria 2, also scheduled for an October release, has new algorithms for more-accurate results, plus a bigger and brighter display than the last-gen model has.
It's also waterproof up to 15 meters and has built-in tracking tools for swim workouts. It then ladles on some quite advanced fitness tracking.
With the Ionic, Fitbit is giving its heart rate tracking technology an upgrade. You'll get real time info on heart rate zones during exercise and info on your resting heart rate in the morning.
Perhaps the most surprising (and welcome) addition to the Fitbit Ionic is the introduction of Fitbit Pay. The device will feature smart notifications from popular apps like Twitter and Whatsapp as well as calling and text alerts.
As much as Fitbit is proclaiming the Ionic to be a master of all trades, it's runners and cyclists who'll get the most from it. To kick things off, there will be four third-party apps: Pandora, Starbucks, Strava, and AccuWeather.
In terms of design, the core unit is built from strong and lightweight 6000 series aerospace-grade aluminum.
The display is colour, with a spherical glass touchscreen with amplified brightness of up to 1,000 nits so you should be able to read your stats in bright sunlight or a low-lit room. The standard straps and sport straps are fastened with a buckle and a pin at the end of the strap that is secured into one of the remaining holes, while the leather straps also have a buckle fastening but the strap goes through a loop like a standard watch strap for a smarter look. Each comes with its own accessory bands, which are swappable.
As special edition Adidas version will be available next year.
Find the guidance to reach your goals with dynamic personal coaching, built-in Global Positioning System, and continuous heart rate. It is $300, which is reasonable when compared to Apple Watch and various Android Wear products.
Tying together the entire experience together is Fitbit OS, the company's new smartwatch operating system, which the company says will launch with all smartwatch products it ships in the future.