Fitbit Lines Up Successors for Flex and Charge HQ Fitness Trackers

August 31, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Fitbit has announced the addition of two new fitness trackers to its existing series; the Fitbit Flex 2, the first ‘swim-proof’ fitness tracker from Fitbit, and Charge 2, the sequel to the best-selling fitness tracker from the company.

Along with the improved hardware and design features, the two new successors also feature a host of software upgrade that puts them on top of the rest from Fitbit.

Fitbit’s Charge 2 is the direct sequel to the Charge HR, bringing in upgrades over the predecessor that includes better display, thinner display along with other improved features. To start with, the Charge 2 packs a 1.5-inch display that is bigger than the narrow display of the Charge HR. Steps, heart rate, active time and other stats now gets displayed under the tap-to-scroll section on the display.

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Charge 2 also features interchangeable bands, so that users can swap the silicone band for more attractive bands. The GPS inside Charge 2 can also be paired with the smartphone GPS for better distance measurements and calculations. Activity profiles are made available on the band’s display that provides quick tracking of the most-completed exercises.

As with the Flex 2 fitness tracker, Fitbit is calling it its first swim-proof watch that can be taken up to 150 feet of water. The device is also made 30% thinner than the predecessor. The catchy feature of the new Flex tracker is its redefined design that makes it more fashionable than the original Flex. There’s also a multi-light communication system that makes use of different lights on the devices for indicating different notifications and alerts.

Fitbit has priced the Flex 2 device at $99, while the Charge 2 is priced at $150.  Both the new trackers will be made available in the market by fall this year.

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