Fitbit has released two new smartwatches, the Sense and the Versa 3. The Sense is the flagship option and it is as well the most efficient Fitbit wearable now, it costs $329. While the Versa 3 supersedes the Versa 2 and it will be priced at $229. Preorders for the two watches began yesterday through the Fitbit site. Fitbit will also launch them in the United States later in September.
Nevertheless, both watches look the same, the Sense has more improved health tracking features. Which includes detailed heart rate scans with atrial fibrillation (afib) detection through the electrocardiogram (EKG) app assembled into the watch. However, they are still awaiting the approval of the FDA. In that manner, it is on parity with the recent smartwatches of Apple and Samsung. Though, Samsung’s EKG ability in the Galaxy Watch 3 is not yet accessible in the United States.
The new Sense comes with a stress detecting feature
What makes the Sense outstanding from the rest is that it comes with a stress detection feature. Which it’s pitching as something that is essentially needed particularly in today’s stressful world. To take a reading, you will have to place your palm over the screen and start breathing.
The Sense will take measurements of your heart rate. And surprisingly, it will collect your skin’s temperature with its electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor. If your skin feels cold, hot, or sweaty, the Sense might be able to make sense of why it is occurring over time. Fitbit app will grade you on your stress level, with a higher grade being much preferable than a lower one.
The EKG and EDA functions separately
The EKG and EDA functions separately, Fibit’s Sense and Versa 3 share most of the similar smartwatch features. They both have OLED touchscreens, built-in GPS, at least 6 days of battery life, water-resistance up to 50 meters, and a new snap-on magnetic charging mechanism. Both also allow Fitbit Pay for contactless payments. And with your Android phone closeby, you will be able to reply to texts and receive calls. With either smartwatch through their in-built microphones and speakers.
If you are looking at the cheaper Verse3, it is worthy of note that it seems to address fewer pain points of the Versa2. Fitbit has made easy its strap mechanisms to uncouple when you press a button on the back of the device. Together with Alexa’s support for voice queries, Fitbit is including Google Assistant to the mix, although it will not arrive until winter 2020. Voice assistants were not mainly convenient or easy to use with the former generation Versa. Since there was no built-in speaker to play their voices through. This latest model rectifies that with a speaker that can do that. Furthermore, as previously mentioned, you can take voice via the Versa 3 when your Android phone is closeby.
The last Announcement made by Fitbit
The announcement Fitbit made last is the $99 Inspire 2 fitness tracker. It is comparably basic to the two devices mentioned above. However, this recent duplication features a subtle design with a touch panel in place of the Inspire HR’s side button. It also boasts a 10 days battery life which is two times as long as the previous models. And most importantly, it comes with a full year of Fitbit Premium with purchase. The other two devices mentioned above have six-month trials of Fitbit Premium.
It is really difficult to say if it is worth improving if you already have the first generation Inspire. However $99 looks like a great price for a discreet, water-resistant device that can monitor your activities. And also sleep, monitor your heart rate, and move your phone’s notifications to your wrist.
Correction: This article formerly stated that Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 had not gotten FDA clearance for its EKG feature. Which is not so.