Google-owned Fitbit is reportedly on the verge of releasing an update to its current Charge 4 which was released in March 2020. According to the leak, the fitness tracker is expected to debut this year’s October.
While nothing is official just yet, the leaked render that was shared online gave a hint about the direction Fitbit will be taking the Charge 5 especially with the redesign of the device.
Based on the leaks, the design will have some subtlety rather than the rugged look and feel the current model has. Visible redesigns such as curved edges and soft angles, and smooth-looking strap are parts of the subtle design language to be used on the Fitbit Charge 5.
The design won’t be the only aspect to be touched here, there will also be a tweak in features to make the device perform even better. There will be upgrades and new features such as an optical heart rate sensor and SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen tracking.
There may also be support for GPS which will help to enable location tracking and the company’s EDA for stress measurement. The report further included the possibility of an ECG sensor for heart rhythm monitoring – which can warn users of potential arrhythmia problems.
The device will also include a premium subscription that offers personalized exercise recommendations and suggests times for resting and recovering with guided meditations and sleep tracking.
In terms of the pricing, the report has it that the Fitbit Charge 5 could go for about US$179 while the actual debut date is yet unknown. However, there are suggestions that this could be October 23rd because that is the date shown on the leaked 3D render of the device.