After being leaked actively and passively on different occasions, Fitbit has presented its new Fitbit Charge 5. It is the latest generation of smart bracelets of the company, now owned by Google, and its most complete model to date.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is an evolution over the Charge 4. Not only for its color screen and smaller size but because it incorporates an EDA sensor (released in the Fitbit Sense to measure stress), electrocardiogram function, and Daily Readiness, a system to know if we should do sport or rest.
Fitbit Charge 5 Datasheet
|Fitbit Charge 5|
|Dimensions and Weight||N / A|
|Screen||Super AMOLED color touch screen|
Gorilla Glass 3
GPS + GLONASS
Device temperature sensor
Ambient light sensor
|Battery||Up to 7 days|
Charge in two hours
|Memory||Save all the data of your movements for seven days, minute by minute.|
Save daily totals for the last 30 days.
Stores heart rate data in one-second intervals during exercise monitoring and five-second intervals the rest of the time
|Requirements||iOS 12.2 or higher|
Android 8.0 or higher
|Resistance and Environmental Requirements||Water-resistant up to 50 meters|
Operating temperature: – 10 to 45°C
Maximum operating altitude: 8535 meters
A real evolution
The first thing that strikes you about the Fitbit Charge 5 is the change it has undergone on the outside. The Charge range is Fitbit’s best-selling, with more than 40 million units sold since its launch, according to the company, and for the new model, the firm has decided to abandon the monochrome screens and implement a much more premium design.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is lighter and smaller than the Charge 4, with 10% less thickness. The sides are made of stainless steel, something that is not trivial since on these sides we finds the EDA sensors and the electrocardiogram. We will talk about them in more detail in a moment.
The AMOLED display is finally in color, something we missed on the previous model and is twice as bright. It is tactile, of course, and the operating system interface has been improved to resemble that of the Fitbit Sense. It has automatic brightness, Always On mode and the dials can be changed from the mobile app.
It is, as we can see, a discreet bracelet and focused on the most active consumers. It has an integrated GPS chip, is able to monitor 20 different exercises, optimize training with the minutes of the active zone, and, as a novelty, debuts the Daily Readiness function.
What is Daily Readiness? In a nutshell, the device measures our activity level, our sleep, and heart rate variability to understand our body’s fatigue. In this way, the wristband will help us understand if we are too tired to start exercising again or if, on the contrary, we are recovered and ready to start training again.
Speaking of health, let’s talk about the EDA sensor. This sensor measures electrodermal activity (small electrical changes) in the skin to detect our stress level. It was first seen on the Sense and now it’s coming in a smaller, more affordable form factor. There is also an electrocardiogram, skin temperature variation detection, heart rate variability, SpO2, sleep analysis, and alerts for heart rate higher or lower than the count.
The wristband per se is quite complete, but it will gain a lot of features with the Fitbit Premium subscription. Thanks to that subscription we can not only access more detailed metrics and personalized analysis but also access mindfulness and training video guides. 500 videos in total, they say from Fitbit. Highlight the recent partnership with Calm, thanks to which Premium users will be able to access 30 relaxation videos.
Otherwise, the bracelet incorporates a battery capable of offering up to seven days of autonomy (although it will depend on the use we make of it), is compatible with Google Fast Pair, and is able to receive calls and notifications. In the case of linking it to an Android cell phone, we can answer them with quick messages.
Pricing and Availability of the Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 will be available soon, but the pre-sale starts today, August 25. Its price is $179.95 and includes six months of Fitbit Premium. It will be available in gold, black, and silver with different colored straps.
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