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Fitbit Surge ‘superwatch’ leaks, packs GPS

Looks like Fitbit’s first watch is almost ready to face the public. Named the Fitbit Surge, it’s referred to as a ‘superwatch’ in marketing materials The Verge managed to get their hands on.

So why so super? It features GPS, which will be a big draw for runners, as it means they can map their runs without having to bring their smartphone along. Also onboard is the company’s patented PurePulse heart monitoring tech, so you can see how hard you’re working.

As is standard with fitness watches, it will also give you realtime workout data for a variety of activities. Distance, pace, elevation climbed, heart rate intensity, they’re all there.

Of course, it will include the standard activity monitoring throughout the day too, including calories burned and active minutes, and it’ll track your sleep. It can even wake you each morning with a vibrating alarm so you don’t disturb your partner.

Sync it to the Fitbit app, and you can log what you’ve eaten, and earn badges for meeting health goals. Plus it will give you notifications for phone calls and texts, and let you control music on your phone. But it’s not a dedicated smartwatch.

It’s going to be a busy Christmas for Fitbit. Last week, news reached us of two other fitness bands from the company, the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Charge HR. Find one in your stocking come Christmas morn, and they’ll help you work off that turkey dinner.

It won’t be short of competition: Microsoft will launch its own smartwatch before Christmas. We’ll bring you news on a launch as soon as we get it.

Read more: Best Fitness Trackers 2014

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