14 November 2019
Fitbit has announced the Charge 4 activity tracker that looks quite similar to the Charge 3 that launched last year. This is the company’s first launch after Google announced it intends to buy the company last fall. So, as of now, there is no merger deal and hence things are not too different. But the Charge 4 does come with some significant upgrades despite the same look and feel like its predecessor.
The major change is the built-in GPS that makes the Charge 4 first of Fitbit’s trackers to feature it. This means with Charge 4, you would no longer need to take your phone with you as the tracker is enough to track your pace and distance. Also, the workout intensity map shows your route and workout information will automatically be recorded to the app.
Unlike Charge 3, the new Charge 4 comes with Spotify Control which means you can control music and browse your playlists right from the tracker. Also, Charge 4 comes with the Fitbit Pay feature that allows you to make the payment right from the tracker. All you need to do is to add your credit and debit cards to the Wallet to the app and then use the Charge 4 to tap and make payments. It comes with some dedicated female health options as well, like keeping track of cycles, record symptoms and more.
The Fitbit Charge 4 is made from aerospace-grade aluminum and features a backlit OLED grayscale touchscreen. It comes with a 24/7 heart rate monitor that can also record the resting heart rate. It can track cardio, fat burn, and peak heart rate zones for better tracking. It has a SpO2 sensor as well that estimates the oxygen level variability in your bloodstream through the app.
The Fitbit Charge 4 also comes with a new fitness metric called Active Zone Minutes which automatically recognizes when your heart rate is at a sustained or at a heightened level in order to tell people to be active for at least 30 minutes a day.
Charge 4 has sleep tracking functionality as well that tracks the time of your light, deep sleep and gives you a sleep score. Fitbit claims the new Charge 4 can offer up to a 7-day battery, but the battery will be drained to 5 hours if you use GPS continuously.
The fitness tracker comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and water resistance to 50 meters. It has a 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC, and altimeter. The Fitbit app is available on Android and iOS
Charge 4 goes on sale for $149 and it has also been launched in India for Rs. 14,999. In the US, the Charge 4 is currently available for pre-order and will start shipping from April 13 on the website. It comes in Black, Rosewood, and Storm Black/ Blue variants. The special edition Granite Reflective/ Black Woven variant of the fitness tracker is priced at Rs. 16,999/ $169. It will come with an extended 90-day trial of Fitbit Premium that offers classes on fitness and allows you to be part of challenges to help you stretch your goals. It will go on sale worldwide sometime this month and will be available in both online and offline stores.