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Fitbit unveils Charge 2 and swim-proof Flex 2 wristband

Fitbit has announced upgrades to its Charge HR and Flex wristbands.

The new Charge 2 has a screen four-times the size of its 2014 predecessor, making it look a little bit more like the Samsung Gear Fit. The Flex 2 is the firm’s first swim-proof wristband.

Adding a larger screen has enabled Fitbit to present more information to users with the Charge 2, while offering a five day battery life.

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Users can cycle through the menu options like steps, heart-rate, etc., but now there’ll be sub-menus that enable them to delve deeper.

There’s also a connected GPS feature that allows the Fitbit Charge 2 to enjoy more accurate distances when they’re carrying their phone during a workout. This will also enable you to see the workout on a map within the app afterwards.

Fitbit is also debuting a new heart rate sensor-enabled Cardio Fitness tool, which will give users a cardio score, based on their vital stats.

One of the new options on the screen is called Relax, which seems a little bit like the Breathe feature within Apple’s watchOS 3. Wearers can take up to 5 minute breathing exercises.


Next up is the Fitbit Flex 2, a successor to the three-year-old Flex 2, which is the company’s first swim-proof wristband.

Beyond the waterproofing (to 50m), it’s still quite a basic tracker with no heart rate or GPS connectivity.  

The Flex 2 is $99 and the Fitbit Charge 2 is $149. We’ll confirm UK prices for you as soon as possible.

Both devices are available to pre-order today with the Charge 2 shipping in September. The Flex 2 is coming in October.

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