Fitbit has announced their newest smartwatch with the Fitbit Ionic.
The device was leaked a couple of months ago but now it’s official. Fitbit says the Ionic is their “strongest, lightest and most robust device to date,” and combines advanced health and fitness features along with personalized guidance, all in a premium design. You’ll also be able to easily interchange bands to customize your Ionic to your liking.
The Ionic is water-resistant, so it’s able to track your swim workouts and survive in the rain. It also comes with Fitbit’s PurePulse Heart Rate tracking which will track your heart rate automatically. The Ionic can also track SpO2 which is the amount of oxygen in red blood cells, which can be helpful for users to track breathing disorders like sleep apnea (which will come in a future update).
The Ionic can also track SpO2 which is the amount of oxygen in red blood cells, which can be helpful for users to track breathing disorders like sleep apnea (which will come in a future update).
The display on the watch is a colour touchscreen that has a brightness of up to 1,000 nits. The watch also comes with built-in GPS, an NFC chip for payments using Fitbit Pay.
The built-in GPS in the Ionic can take advantage of Fitbit’s new Run Detect feature, which users can just start run and the smartwatch with begin tracking without any user input and pause automatically.
Fitbit says the Ionic can get 4 days or more of battery life (or up to 10 hours with GPS turned on). You’ll also be able to store music onto the Ionic (up to 300 songs) and listen to your music via a pair of Bluetooth headphones (like Fitbit’s new Flyer earbuds).
Just like all other smartwatches, the Ionic can also receive call, text and calendar alerts as well as app notifications from your phone. The Ionic will be able to sync with Android, iOS and Windows devices.
Fitbit is going to be releasing an SDK in September for their Fitbit OS, so then developers can take advantage of Fitbit’s software ahead of the October release of the watch.
The Fitbit Ionic will be available in October for $399.95 CAD ($299.95 USD), making it’s Fitbit most expensive product to date. You can pre-order the device now from Amazon.ca, BestBuy.ca, Indigo, Fitbit’s site and Sport Chek. The watch will be able in three colours, Blue Gray/Silver, Slate Blue/Burnt Orange and Charcoal/Graphite Gray.
Sport bands for the Ionic will come in three colours as well, Black/Charcoal, Colbolt/Lime and Coral/Blue Gray for $39.95 CAD ($29.95 USD). There will also be perforated leather bands in Cognac Horween and Midnight Blue, they will go for $79.95 CAD ($59.95 USD).
Fitbit also announced their first pair of Bluetooth earbuds, called the Flyer. The Flyer is sweat proof, offers up to 6 hours of playback, connect to two devices at once and the ability talk to Siri or Google Assistant (via your phone).
The Fitbit Flyer will be available in October for $169.95 CAD ($129.95 USD) and come in two colours, Lunar Gray and Nightfall Blue. It’s also available for pre-order from Amazon.ca, BestBuy.ca, Indigo, Fitbit’s site and Sport Chek.
Fitbit will also be offering Audio Coaching and will provide users with verbal instructions on performing certain exercises or workouts.
Fitbit Coach will cost $10.99 CAD ($7.99 USD) per month or $54.99 CAD ($39.99 USD) per year. The actual Fitbit Coach will be available later this year but the audio coaching will be available in early 2018.