"With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable and premium design, along with the advanced health and fitness features our users want". While the Charge 2 was a great fitness tracker with extensive functionality in a stylish package they are looking to improve on that with the Charge 3, their most advanced tracker ever.
The extra features on the Charge 3 include Goal-Based Exercise, allowing you to personalise more than 15 exercise modes with your own goal of calories burned, distance or duration, as well as Run Detect with Auto-Stop, which will allow runners to stop at lights without having to manually pause your run.
While the Versa was a hit for Fitbit, the company's sales of trackers appear to have been plummeting. This is also Fitbit's first wearable with an inductive physical button.
At first glance, it's obvious the Charge 3 is an evolution of the Charge 2.
Market research firm IDC noted in June that Fitbit had a hard first quarter and that its market share dropped to 8.7% compared to 12.2% past year. Like the Versa and the Ionic, female health tracking is also supported.
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Sticking with the theme of creating a smartwatch-like fitness tracker, Fitbit has introduced app notifications, calls, texts, and calendar reminders. The new wearable comes with updated hardware and will be available in India starting November 2018, across both offline and online stores for a starting price of Rs 14,999.
Fitbit has made Charge 3 official.
It's touting a "swimproof" design too, which Fibit says makes it water-resistant for up to 50 metres, although a recommended time for use is not listed.
Unfortunately, the fitness tracker does not come with self-internet connectivity, which means if you want to use functions like Global Positioning System, you must have your phone close to the band. Where the previous model's screen woke on tap, the Charge 3's display is a full touchscreen panel, so you can navigate menus via a combination of swipes and taps. Not only has it had a major design overhaul, it's packed with a number of smart features, some of which have been locked to Fitbit's higher-end devices.
The Fitbit Charge 3 comes in black and rose gold (with a variety of available sport, woven, and leather bands) and will start at $149.95.
The fitness band has SpO2 sensor that allows it to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels.