02 March 2017
It was earlier this year when the wearable leader Fitbit confirmed its plans of releasing a full-fledged smartwatch in order to diversify its offerings. It was eying a spring release for the smartwatch but as per a new Yahoo Finance report, the launch time frame has been delayed until fall due to different production issues.
The report mentions that one of the final prototypes of Fitbit smartwatch was found to be facing issues with GPS capabilities. It was found that the GPS antenna was not positioned correctly which forced the team to redesign the watch to get proper signals. It is also said to have faced issues with waterproofing feature. Interestingly, there is no surety now that the smartwatch will actually be released with waterproofing.
If the Fitbit fails in making the smartwatch waterproof, it might impact its sales and appeal among users. One of the reasons could be due to its main rival Apple Watch Series 3 which will be coming later this year. And as Apple Watch Series 2 is already waterproof, there is no reason to question that Series 3 will also be waterproof.
As for the design, the smartwatch is said to sport a color display with 1000 nits of brightness. There will be an aluminum body and swappable watchbands for users. It will be loaded with features like NFC support, heart rate monitor, and ability to make payments using the watch. It will also feature Pandora and a battery life of up to four days on a single charge. It is expected to cost around $300 at the time of the launch.
Other than this, Fitbit is also reported to be working on Bluetooth earphones which is another attempt to go beyond wearables and fitness trackers. These earphones are said to look like Apple's BeatsX which can be worn around the neck. There will be two color options named Lunar Grey and Nightfall Blue.