The next Fitbit looks like a cross between the Blaze and the Surge
The Fitbit Surge is something of an oddball in the current Fitbit lineup. It’s theoretically the flagship Fitbit device, boasting the most features and the highest price – and yet it’s also the ugliest and one of the oldest, originally appearing back in 2015 when the rest of the range was all non-customisable rubber straps. While the rest of the range has been updated, the Surge has stood still: the flagship that the Fitbit doesn’t push very hard.
So it’s no surprise that Fitbit has a new flagship in the works. The only question is whether it’s replacing the Surge, the Blaze – or both. Pictures obtained by Yahoo Finance show a device that looks like what you’d get if you told a designer to smoosh them both together:
With an estimated price of $300 (£232), it certainly seems a rival for the Surge, rather than the £160 Blaze. Like the Surge it will feature built-in GPS, but it will also be the company’s first proper smartwatch – taking things further than the smartish Fitbit Blaze. Sources told Yahoo Finance that in addition to GPS, the watch will have heart rate monitoring, a display that can reach 1,000 nits of brightness, and it will support wireless payments too. The OS will be Fitbit’s own, which isn’t surprising given the company recently spent around $40 million purchasing Pebble for the company’s software know-how. The source did suggest there won’t be an app store at launch, however.
Fitbit was apparently planning on launching the watch this spring, but has run into problems: the GPS antenna and waterproofing. The former has been resolved, but required a complete redesign, while the latter is unclear. We’ll just have to wait and see if the device is waterproof when it launches later in the year.
Another product reportedly in Fitbit’s locker is wireless earphones. Codenamed “Parkside” according to Yahoo Finance, they look a bit like this:
Not much to report on these yet, except they’re Bluetooth, hang around the neck and will likely launch in two colours: Nightfall Blue and Lunar Grey. They’ll go for around $150 (£116). We’ll report more on both the earphones and the new smartwatch when we know more.