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The Fitbit Charge 4 is a much more powerful fitness tracker disguised in its old body

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The primary Fitbit after the corporate was acquired by Google final fall seems to be… nicely, like each different Fitbit that got here earlier than it. And it’s apparently intentional, as the corporate desires to increase on one in all its hottest health trackers that’s lengthy due for an replace.

The Fitbit Cost four is just about precisely because the leaks forward of its official announcement teased: it’s primarily the feel and appear of the Cost Three with built-in GPS, Spotify management, and different high-end options sometimes discovered on Fitbit’s smartwatches like Fitbit Pay, app notifications, good wake, and an SpO2 sensor. The $149 tracker has a battery lifetime of as much as seven days, or as much as 5 hours with steady GPS use.

With built-in GPS, Fitbit wearers not need to take their telephones out on a motorbike experience, hike, or run to file their coronary heart fee, distance, and velocity. Exercise data will robotically be recorded to the app, making it helpful in case you run comparable routes typically and wish to examine in case your tempo is getting sooner. It’s a sorely missed sensor that even Fitbit’s Versa smartwatches don’t have.

All of those options now come commonplace with the Cost four as an alternative of getting to splurge for a particular version. (True to type, Fitbit is releasing a Cost four SE, however the additional $20 principally buys you a reflective band for night time commutes along with a basic black band.) Because the Cost four has the identical dimensions because the Cost 3, you need to use bands from the earlier mannequin on the brand new tracker.

The Cost four additionally debuts with a brand new health metric known as Lively Zone Minutes, which robotically acknowledges when your coronary heart fee is at a sustained, heightened stage and counts the minutes you might be “lively.” Fitbit says that is to advertise individuals to be lively for a minimum of 30 minutes a day — one thing that’s getting admittedly more durable to realize given the mass self-quarantine and social distancing measures throughout the US proper now. Since Lively Zone Minutes relies on coronary heart fee, the rating is calculated by factoring every individual’s peak, weight, and health ranges. The characteristic follows a sequence of different Fitbit metrics like sleep rating and 10,000 every day steps, which the corporate makes use of as primary pointers for encouraging wellness.

With right now’s launch, Fitbit will not promote the Cost Three on its web site, although it will likely be out there for buy by way of different retailers. On condition that Fitbit isn’t promoting Cost 3s anymore, costs will like fluctuate amongst completely different distributors. If built-in GPS, Fitbit Pay, and music management isn’t a giant deal to you, now is an effective time to snag its older tracker for steep low cost.

The Cost four goes on sale right now for $149 and is offered in mauve, blue, and black. It’ll additionally include an prolonged 90-day trial of Fitbit Premium, which presents health packages, lessons, and personalised challenges that will help you set and attain your wellness targets.

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