- Fitbit has three new wearables presented for summer 2020: Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Inspire 2.
- The Fitbit Sense is the company's new flagship with an EDA sensor for exercise tracking and an EKG monitor.
- ] Fitbit's new smartwatches also have built-in GPS, making them the ideal choice for runners.
Fitbit had a busy year. Following the release of the fantastic Charge 4 fitness tracker, three new wearables are now being introduced to suit all types of budgets. The Fitbit Sense is a high-end fitness smartwatch with lots of new sensors, the Fitbit Versa 3 is a mid-range offering that's great for runners, and the Fitbit Inspire 2 is the company's new basic fitness tracker too an unbelievable price
Fitbit Sense: The new sharpness
The Fitbit Sense is the new flagship smartwatch from Fitbit. It's what you buy when you want all of the sensors, no matter what it might cost you. The company calls this an "Advanced Health Smartwatch" that is "built with a biosensor core". All of this jargon will make sense in a minute.
Three new health sensors are built into the Fitbit Sense that you cannot get with any other Fitbit. The first is an EDA sensor. With the new EDA scan app, the Fitbit Sense measures the electrodermal activity, which essentially records the stress level in your body. All you have to do is place your palm on the face of the scythe and measure small electrical changes in the level of sweat on your skin. You will then be given a graph based on your EDA results on the device and in the Fitbit app.
The goal is to monitor your stress level over time and to see how stress is affecting your health over time. The Fitbit app provides insights based on EDA data. Fitbit also integrates EDA data into its mindfulness sessions in the Fitbit app so you can see how your body is responding to stress management techniques such as breathing exercises.
The Fitbit Sense also gives you a stress management score of 1-100 based on your heart rate, sleep quality and duration, and activity level. This score will help you understand how your body responds to stress.
Why is all of this important? Other wearables have been able to monitor stress over time, although they usually only do so using heart rate data. Fitbit offers a more accurate way of knowing how stressed you actually are at any given point in time.
That is not all. The Fitbit Sense also has an integrated ECG monitor that can be used to take electrocardiogram measurements if necessary. As with almost every portable ECG, FDA approval is still pending in the USA and will not start when the function is activated. Once the FDA approves the monitor, Fitbit can turn it on remotely. Until then, Fitbit can only promise that the feature will be activated … at some point. As of this writing, Fitbit has no estimate of when FDA approval is expected.
The EKG support sounds great, but we have to wait for FDA approval before we can use it.
This may be the wearable to buy when you are concerned about spotting an illness right away. The Fitbit Sense comes with a skin temperature sensor that will notify you when it detects possible signs of illness. At a time when getting sick could be very bad, the Fitbit Sense seems to hit stores at the right time.
The Fitbit Sense has an AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3, which is slightly more rounded than what we saw on previous Fitbit wearables. Fitbit is promoting six days of battery life on the Sense, as well as a new magnetic charger that allows you to charge a full day in just a few minutes.
The Sense has an integrated GPS – what now seems to be standard with high-end Fitbits – as well as a new PurePulse 2.0 heart rate sensor with an updated algorithm. I've been impressed with the quality of Fitbit heart rate sensors in the past and I'm curious to see how much more accurate the Sense's data is. Fitbit Sense also warns you if your heart rate is too high or too low during periods of inactivity.
Of course, Fitbit again includes an SpO2 sensor in its new smartwatch. It's mainly done at night while you sleep, and tries to alert you of early signs of serious health conditions like AFib.
Some additional smartwatch functions are added to the Sense. You get support from the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, plus a built-in speaker and microphone for taking Bluetooth calls on your wrist (coming soon). Unfortunately, the new Fitbit devices still do not support offline Spotify support.
The Fitbit Sense is available now on Fitbit.com and other retailers for US $ 329.95 in Carbon / Graphite Stainless Steel and Lunar White / Soft Gold Stainless Steel. Fitbit offers Fitbit Premium (for new users) a free six-month trial version with the purchase of Fitbit Sense.
Fitbit Versa 3: The new sharpness, minus a few things
The Fitbit Versa 3 is the smartwatch for everyone who is not interested in it are one of the new health features of the Fitbit Sense. It's essentially the same device with no EDA, EKG, and skin temperature sensors. There is also no six month trial of Fitbit Premium with Versa 3 purchases, and it doesn't alert you to high / low heart rate readings when you are inactive.
Read: Fitbit Versa 2 Review: On the Road to Greatness
The Fitbit Versa 3 has the same six day battery life, an integrated speaker that Ability to take calls on the wrist and the same AMOLED display as the Sense. It also offers support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, built-in GPS, an SpO2 sensor, and Fitbit's PurePulse 2.0 heart rate monitor.
Since you aren't paying for all of the new technology, the Versa 3 is way cheaper than the Sense. It's available now in Black / Black-Aluminum, Pink Clay / Soft Gold-Aluminum, and Midnight / Soft Gold-Aluminum at Fitbit.com and other retailers for $ 229.95.
Fitbit Inspire 2: What a bargain
It's not just about smartwatches. Fitbit is releasing a 2019 update to the Inspire line. The Fitbit Inspire 2 (only one model this year) is very similar to the Fitbit Inspire HR, only with an improved design and twice the battery life.
The Inspire 2 has just like an induction button on the side. We saw on the Fitbit Charge 3 and 4. Fitbit also says it has a brighter, more vibrant display. Aside from these small changes, the only notable difference is the improved battery life. It can now take 10 days against top-up, from ~ 5 days of the Inspire HR. Not bad!
Fitbit didn't include the newer PurePulse 2.0 heart rate sensor in Inspire 2, so you can expect the heart rate data to be roughly the same as the Inspire HR.
The kicker here is that Fitbit brings in a full year of Fitbit Premium (for new users) with the purchase of the Fitbit Inspire 2. Considering that Fitbit Premium is typically $ 80 a year, this is an absolute steal if you're new to the Fitbit ecosystem. You essentially get a solid, entry-level activity tracker for $ 20 when you factor in the cost of Premium.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is available now for US $ 99.95 in Black, Lunar White, and Desert Rose.
The new Fitbit devices will be available worldwide by the end of September.