Fitbit announces Sense 2, Versa 4 and Inspire 3

After several leaks and one not so subtle teaser Yesterday Fitbit officially announced what we all knew was coming: the Sense 2, Versa 4 and Inspire 3. And while Fitbit is introducing new software alongside new hardware, this update is more about incremental improvements and the refinement of what you already know. rather than launching anything revolutionary. Oh, and yes, the Sense 2 and Versa 4 have physical buttons!

The $299.95 Sense 2 and $229.95 Versa 4 both have minor design changes. For starters, both are thinner and lighter. The button on both devices is also higher up, as is the area where you attach the straps. Meanwhile, the Sense 2 embeds its health sensors into the device’s screen using “vaporized electrodes”. However, it doesn’t really change the way users interact with the device. It’s more of a technical feat aimed at cramming everything into a sleek, slim package.

Render of Sense 2 showing Google Wallet and the new Tile interface

The new Tile interface on the Sense 2. Google Wallet is also coming to Fitbit, along with Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation.
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Speaking of sensors, the Sense 2 adds a new Continuous Electrodermal Activity (cEDA) sensor to track stress throughout the day. Fitbit introduced stress tracking with the Sense in 2020, but it was more of a one-off metric. The new sensor provides continuous all-day stress tracking that alerts you when your stress levels are getting too high. He then recommends things like mood logging, guided breathing, and mindfulness sessions. Fitbit also says you can customize when you get alerts, so you can turn them off if you have an important presentation, for example.

In terms of software updates, Fitbit is introducing new exercise modes, bringing the total to 40. These include options like HIIT, weightlifting, and dance. And while it’s not an entirely new feature, Fitbit Premium users can access animal-based sleep profiles to help users better understand their sleep patterns. (Sense 2 and Versa 4 users will also get an exclusive clock face featuring their sleep animal.) It’s similar to Samsung’s Sleep Coaching feature on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 series, which also affects users animal based profiles to help them sleep better. Fitbit also recently has obtained FDA clearance for passive heart rate monitoring for atrial fibrillation, which will also be featured on the Sense 2.

Fitbit Versa render showing a clock face

The Versa 4 now has a physical button.
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In a demo, Fitbit also showed off a refreshed interface with tiles that look a lot like the ones you see in Wear OS 3. The company also said turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps and Google Wallet is also “coming soon, “Although he declined to give a firm timetable. This is not surprising given Google’s recent wearable pushbut the code suggesting that Google Wallet is making its way at the Sense 2 and Versa 4 was also spotted last week.

The $99.95 Inspire 3 also gets some significant updates. Mainly, Fitbit ditched the monochrome LED in favor of a color OLED display and added an SpO2 sensor. Despite the switch to a more power-hungry screen, Fitbit says the Inspire 3’s battery life will remain at 10 days. According to Fitbit spokesperson Jonathan Moll, that drops to three days if you enable always-on display (AOD). (The Sense 2 and Versa 4 have about six days without AOD and three days with.)

Multiple colored strap options surrounding a Fitbit Inspire 3

The Inspire 3 receives a color OLED screen and an SpO2 sensor but retains the inductive button. You can also opt for a clip instead of a strap.
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We’ll reserve judgment until we can see how the Sense 2, Versa 4 and Inspire 3 perform during testing. On paper, this seems like a pretty iterative update, especially compared to when Fitbit launched Sense, Versa 3, and Inspire 2 in 2020. This lineup was a pleasant surprise from the company, given that at the time, the Google-Fitbit merger was still pending, and the company was struggling to sell his goods. This time around, it’s harder to say what role these fitness-focused gadgets will play in Fitbit’s future. Not only do we expect to see a Pixel Watch this fall, but it’s also supposed to have new Fitbit integration. And while we saw neither skin nor hair of a high-end Wear OS Fitbit watchCEO James Park promised that would happen as well.

All three devices are available for pre-order starting today and come with a six-month trial of Fitbit Premium. Although inflationary price increases have started to make an impact on consumer technology, Fitbit says the prices for all three devices will remain the same as their predecessors. The Sense 2 will retail for $299.95, the Versa 4 for $229.95, and the Inspire 3 for $99.95.

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