17 August 2021
Google has announced Fitbit Charge 5, a new fitness tracker loaded with “advanced” health features. The new fitness tracker has a sleeker design, with a 10 percent thinner profile than the Fitbit Charge 4. It gets a vibrant display than its predecessor as well. Fitbit claims the display is now 2X brighter than the Charge 4.
Google and Fitbit have mainly highlighted the health features, including a new health metric called the Daily Readiness Score and in-built sensors that will track other aspects. Fitbit promises Premium users will experience extra benefits with the new fitness tracker. Moreover, the company is also bundling the six months of Fitbit Premium membership, so that users can enjoy benefits for some time at no extra cost.
One of the features included in the Premium membership is the Daily Readiness experience, which tells you whether you should do an intense workout or focus on recovery on a particular day. Fitbit claims that every morning, the user will receive a score based on their fitness fatigue (activity), heart rate variability (HRV), and recent sleep. Users will also get an analysis of what impacted their score and then recommend some suggestions.
The Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker already includes 20 exercise modes, but with Premium, you can have access to more than 200 workouts from certified trainers and popular brands like Daily Burn, barre3, and new high-energy workouts from Les MILLS.
Fitbit touts the Charge 5 as the first fitness tracker to include an EDA sensor, which measures your body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on your fingers. Furthermore, the Stress Management Score assesses if you are mentally ready to take on more challenges, or if you need to recharge. With Premium, users get access to more than 300 meditation and mindfulness sessions from brands and experts to help them manage stress.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is made of a combination of aluminum, glass, and resin. It features stainless steel rails on the sides and comes with silicone bands. Fitbit touts the Charge 5 has an aerodynamic design and is optimized for performance and “engineered for a seamless fit.” The rails on the sides double up as sensors for the ECG app as well as the EDA sensors. It features a 1.04-inch color AMOLED touchscreen display with 450 nits of peak brightness, Always-On mode, and no buttons.
The Fitbit Charge 5 includes a built-in GPS+GLONASS, SpO2 sensor, skin temperature sensor, and optical heart rate monitor as well as NFC. The fitness tracker lets you make contactless payments as well. It also lets you receive and send notifications from/to your smartphone.
The price of the Fitbit Charge 5 is $179.99, which also includes six-month Premium membership (for new as well as returning customers). You can pre-order Charge 5 online at Fitbit.com and select global retailers, with worldwide availability this fall.