After spending time trying to perfect its smartwatch formula – to positive effect in Q2 – it looks like Fitbit is going back to basics with a brand new wrist-based fitness band. Could these pictures show the Fitbit Charge 3?
If they’re legitimate, this is exciting. The Fitbit Charge 2 proudly sits atop our list of the very best fitness trackers you can buy in 2018 – not bad for a tracker that was first unleashed in 2016. The Fitbit Charge 3 could be just the thing to finally replace it at the summit.
If the pictures – published by NieuweMobiel via a “trusted source” – are for real, then it doesn’t look like Fitbit is moving too far away from the design that made the Charge 2 such a hit. You’re looking at the same tall, rectangular face that fits seamlessly into the band to loop neatly around the wrist.
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Where it does differ is the total lack of buttons. The Fitbit Charge 2, you’ll recall, was controlled by a button on the left-hand side, along with taps and long-presses on the screen. In these leaks, the button is replaced by a small indent. It’s possible that this is a cunningly concealed button, but it could suggest the company moving to an entirely touch-operated control system.
As a runner, I have to say I hope that’s not what it is – touchscreens tend to flake out on you in the rain, which isn’t handy when you’re battling the elements.
Otherwise, it looks like Fitbit is going big on personalisation with a variety of colours for both the bands and the ‘brain’ of the Fitbit itself. One of the pictures shows a white plastic perforated version, as was recently found on the Apple Watch 3 Nike+ edition, which is intriguing.
Remember how Fitbit first unveiled the Charge 2 at IFA 2016? Well, set your watch, because IFA 2018 is just a few weeks away.
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