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Jawbone UP2 entry-level smartband revealed as UP24 successor

Jawbone has announced the Jawbone UP2, a new fitness tracker that looks set to pick up where the UP24 left off.

Jawbone’s new band goes on sale in the US today – no word on UK release yet – and prices at $99.99 (about £67), slotting in as Jawbone’s entry-level smartband.

“With UP3 now shipping to pre-order customers, we are excited to announce UP2 as the stylish successor to UP24,” said Travis Bogard, Jawbone’s VP of product management and strategy.

“And at just $99 we believe it is a best-in-class wearable appealing to the largest sector of the market.”

So what’s new? For starters, the UP2 is significantly smaller than the UP24, by about 45 per cent.

It’s also smaller than the higher-end UP3, which is due to properly launch on April 20.

In terms of hardware, however, it’s not hugely different. There’s now an aluminium shell to protect the sensors, and it’s still splash resistant.

Jawbone also says the UP2 will last seven days per charge, which is great news for anyone running the 251km Marathon des Sables.

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All design chat aside, the Jawbone UP2 offers the expected raft of tracking features, including measuring sleep and activity. It can also vibrate for notification alerts, or just to get you moving again after extended sedentary periods.

The UP2 also works with Jawbone’s Smart Coach app. That’s the company’s health software, dedicated to improving your fitness. It offers personalised tips on sleep, diet, and becoming more active.

It’s worth noting that the UP2 isn’t technically Jawbone’s cheapest fitness tracker. There’s also the Jawbone UP Move, a pocket pod that retails for about £40.

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