Fitbit has announced an updated version of their smartwatch with the Versa 2.
“At Fitbit, we believe that health belongs to everyone and that people should not be priced out of having access to devices and features that can help them improve their health. That’s why we’ve designed Versa 2 to be a premium, full-featured and easy-to-use smartwatch at an accessible price point,” said James Park , co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “Building on the success of our original best-selling Versa smartwatch, we believe the added value and innovation in Versa 2 with new features like Alexa, a Spotify app and advanced in-app and on-device sleep features, will bring more users into the smartwatch category, allowing them to unlock the benefits of better health.”
The Fitbit Versa 2 now has an AMOLED screen compared to LCD in the original Versa. The new screen Versa 2 adds an always-on display mode (but also cutting the battery life from 5 days to 2 days).
The new watch also comes with a number of tracking features including improved sleep tracking:
- Sleep Score (requires the Fitbit Premium subscription) : Receive a nightly score in the Fitbit® app for better insight into your sleep quality. Your score is based on heart rate (sleeping and resting), restlessness, time awake and Sleep Stages.
- Smart wake: Coming soon to all Fitbit smartwatches, smart wake uses machine learning to wake you during an optimal time of your sleep cycle while in light or REM sleep, based on a pre-selected 30-minute interval, so you wake up feeling more refreshed.
- Sleep Mode: Simultaneously disable your screen display and silence notifications for a night free of disturbances. Sleep Mode can also be used anytime you don’t want to be interrupted, like during a workout or in a meeting.
In the future, you’ll soon be able to see the estimated oxygen variation in graph form on the watch itself.
There’s also PurePulse 24/7 heart rate tracking, connected GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters.
The Fitbit Versa 2 also has Alexa built-in so you can control your smart home devices, ask for information and more.
The watch is made from anodized aluminum and comes in multiple colours and watch bands. NFC is standard on all versions of the Fitbit Versa 2 for Fitbit Pay.
The Fitbit Versa 2 is available for pre-order now for $249.95 CAD ($199.95 USD) for the standard version or $279.95 CAD ($229.95 USD) for the Special Edition. It’ll start shipping on September 15th and available from Amazon, Best Buy and Fitbit’s website.
The Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition comes in a Smoke Woven band and Mist Grey Alumium body or Navy & Pink Woven band with Copper Rose Aluminum.
Fitbit also announced Fitbit Premium which is a new health and fitness subscription service.
The Fitbit Premium service adds deeper insight into your sleep cycles. In 2020, a personal, one-to-one coaching service will provide you with a personalized plan and direct support from Fitbit’s team of certified health and wellness coaches.
Fitbit Premium is set to launch in September for $9.99 USD per month or $79.99 USD annually. It’ll launch first in the US and more countries in the fall. Canadian pricing to be confirmed.