Fitbit reportedly adds displays to Charge, Charge HR for fitness monitoring

Fitbit reportedly adds displays to Charge, Charge HR for fitness monitoring
By Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 14 Oct 2014 04:52 pm

If Fitbit is your go-to for all of your health tracking needs, you may be in for a treat. Gizmodo has gotten its hands on what appear to be official marketing materials for the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR, along with a full breakdown of each device's features.

As noted by Gizmodo, both Charge models appear strikingly similar to last year's recalled Fitbit Force. The devices are so similar in fact that they appear to share the exact same features, with the Charge simply featuring updated internals.

Of the two new devices, the HR is potentially much more interesting because it appears to feature constant heart-rate tracking. Here's a list of what to expect from these new devices:

  • PurePulse continuous, wrist-based heart rate for better calorie tracking & cardio training
  • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes & 24/7 heart rate
  • Use with MobileRun on the Fitbit App to see run stats
  • Displays activity + run stats, time, & caller ID
  • Monitors sleep quality
  • Silent, vibrating alarm
  • Water resistant

The Charge is listed at $185, along with the Charge HR at $220. What do you guys think of these new devices? Will you be picking one up?

Also be sure to check out our post on everything you need to know about fitbit.

Source: Gizmodo

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Reader comments

Fitbit reportedly adds displays to Charge, Charge HR for fitness monitoring


I like the new features, but not enough to wear another wristband in addition to my watch. Having a watch on one wrist and the Charge HR on the other would feel silly to me. Guess I'm going to have to stick with my Fitbit One.

Direct competition for the newly announced basis peak. Fitbit has a great reputation (other than the rash problems) but peak has more smartwatch features. I'm excited to see some reviews.

I would, but I'm starting to get app's that use HealthKit.. if they won't support it, meh.. their are other's that are more than willing and just as good. Pebble actually does much and more, like sleep tracking. Though it won't do heartbeat.

I'll hold off and see what battery life will be on the Apple Watch. If they some how manage to get 3-4 days, I'll go with that. I need something to help me track my sleeping though, that means a device that can go for days, that I wear while sleeping. Charging nightly just doesn't cut it for me...

Hmm, any ideas when it is coming out? I've decided to get either the vivosmart or the new fitbit, whichever comes out first in Canada.

I guess there's a Charge HR in my future. I really liked the Force. Had to give it up when it stopped holding a charge - never had the wrist-rot problem. The Flex is okay, but I miss the altimeter. Hopefully the Charge has a better battery life and is water proof ala the Flex.