The Apple Watch has had a flattering easy time of it in smartwatch town.
But galloping over from a circuitously encampment called Fitbit is a smart gunslinger who reckons this town is large adequate for a both of them.
Fitbit has reliable that it is really building a judicious evolutionary step from aptness trackers like a Blaze. To be fair, we had a suspicions when it bought Pebble and Vector final year.
But what will make Fitbit’s subsequent wearable ‘smart’ rather than usually another tracker? And how accurately will it equivocate apropos usually another Apple Watch clone? Here’s all we know so far.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
Quite a lot like a Fitbit Blaze, if early leaks are to be trusted.
The usually images we’ve seen so far, from Yahoo Finance, shows a rather angular, square-faced design.
Fronted by a colour shade (it’s not nonetheless famous if this will be a touchscreen), it has dual hardware buttons on a side and an aluminium body, that will apparently be accessible in during slightest dual colours (grey and gold).
The ‘leaked’ pattern is positively some-more sporty than fashion-obsessed, though that’s to be approaching from a fitness-focused Fitbit. If true, it looks like a good try during style Alan Partridge would hold ‘sports casual’.
WHAT WILL IT BE ABLE TO DO?
Everything the Blaze can do, and utterly a bit more.
The leaked images uncover heart-rate tracking, and it’d be towering if a smartwatch didn’t have a same Fitbit PurePulse sensor as a other new trackers.
According to reports, there’ll also be a some-more accurate form of GPS, NFC payments and some kind of built-in song option. This is rumoured to be Pandora, with a Spotify tie-in ruled out early in development, according to Yahoo Finance’s source.
While that’d be a shame, an talk with the Financial Times revealed that a smartwatch will be waterproof, that is flattering many essential given a Apple Watch S2’s flourishing talents in a water. So far, usually Fitbit’s Flex 2 has been entirely waterproof.
There will also apparently be some reward biometric sensors, that could go over a Blaze’s guided respirating and VO2 max homogeneous for ranking your altogether fitness. We’d pattern these to try serve into a areas of highlight and nap areas, given Fitbit’s new form with the Alta HR.
Lastly, and maybe many importantly, Fitbit’s smartwatch will apparently final for 4 days on a singular charge. This would engage some clever program government of a colour screen, though it’s positively probable given a Blaze’s 5 day battery life. If true, that’d be a large bonus for a smartwatch.
WHAT ABOUT APPS?
Oh yes, a thing that separates a ‘smartwatch’ from a small aptness tracker.
Well, Fitbit’s CEO reliable to The Verge that a Apple Watch opposition will launch with an ‘app gallery’. What’s misleading is what form that gallery will take or how good stocked it’ll be.
Fitbit has apparently been perplexing to captivate developers onto a new platform, including those who done apps for a Pebble. But do developers, or users, wish to start again on nonetheless another platform?
The carrot for a former competence be a SDK (software growth kit) that Fitbit hereditary from Pebble. This should let developers tweak existent apps for a height and make them accessible for both iOS and Android smartphones.
Still, it looks expected that you’ll need your smartphone (or Wi-Fi) circuitously to get these apps – Fitbit’s CEO recently told the Financial Times that a smartwatch really won’t have standalone network connectivity. Given a additional distance and battery final this brings, we can’t contend we’re disappointed.
ANYTHING ELSE we SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
Well, approbation if you’re a hungry after the dream combo of a music-playing smartwatch with relating Bluetooth earphones.
Another leaked picture from Yahoo Finance suggests that Fitbit is operative on a span of such earphones to launch concurrently with a smartwatch.
The buds will apparently be trustworthy by a wire and come in both blue and grey versions.
FITBIT SMARTWATCH – EARLY THOUGHTS
It’s flattering certain that we’ll see a Fitbit smartwatch this year, with a CEO recently revelation the Financial Times that it’s “on track” and expected to be a company’s “make or break” device.
That’s positively a satisfactory assessment, deliberation a negligence ardour for aptness trackers and a odds that we’ll see an Apple Watch S3 in possibly late 2017 or early subsequent year.
Fitbit righteously seems to be shying divided from holding on a Apple Watch during a reward smartwatch game, instead charity a some-more affordable, fitness-obsessed choice for both iOS and Android fans.
The rumours indicate to a waterproof, upgraded Fitbit Blaze with GPS, NFC, heart-rate tracking, an app store and a four-day battery life. On paper, that sounds like a excellent Christmas benefaction for someone who’s looking to take a step adult from a aptness tracker, and value watchful for if you’re in a marketplace for a smartwatch.
But with doubts around a ‘app gallery’, what song services it’ll offer and a watch’s design, there’s a prolonged approach to go before we can see either Fitbit’s large play will be a podium-worthy strike or a spectacular own goal.