Fitbit announces Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers

Fitbit, the company that manufactures wearable fitness trackers, officially announced the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2. The two latest Fitbit fitness trackers offers new design and enhanced functionalities aiming to be the perfect tracker in the market.

Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2
Fitbit Charge 2 (left) and Fitbit Flex 2 (right)

The Fitbit Charge 2 features a sleek and sweat-proof design that comes with a faceted body offering a balance of a high-quality feel while being robust for everyday use. It now has a custom, quick-release feature that makes swapping between bands from workout to casual bands much easier. The Charge 2 comes with a large easy-to-read and tap-sensitive display making it almost four times larger than the original Fitbit Charge HR. Users will now be able to easily see more activity stats being displayed with just a glance, including notifications such as calls, texts, and calendar alerts when your phone is nearby. The company also claims that the battery on the Charge 2 can last for up to 5 days.

The device is capable of capturing all-day activities, including steps, distance, heart rate, floors climbed, hourly activity, active minutes and calories burned. It also offers automatic sleep tracking assisted by the Fitbit app as well as scheduling sleep, wake up alarms and reminders. The Charge 2 introduces an enhanced heart rate tracking called Cardio Fitness Level and Relax, which is powered by the original Pure Pulse.

Cardio Fitness Level: Find out how fit you are with a personalized cardio fitness level and score, based on your estimated VO2 Max, that are calculated using your user profile, heart rate and exercise data.
Relax, guided breathing sessions: This new on-device feature offers a relaxing mindfulness experience that calms your body and mind through personalized deep-breathing sessions. The beat-to-beat changes in your heart rate determine your personalized breathing rate for each experience.

Fitbit Charge 2 also features Connected GPS, having the ability to link the fitness tracker to the smartphone’s GPS to provide more precise real-time stats like pace and distance to help you improve your fitness activities.

Fitbit Flex 2

The Fitbit Flex 2 on the other hand, offers an ultra-slim design, swim-proof fitness wristband with a removable tracker that can be easily attached into bands, bracelets or pendants. It is considered to be the first-ever swim-proof and swim-tracking wearable device from Fitbit. Just like its predecessor, the Flex 2 offers an advanced health and fitness tracking with automatic all-day activity, exercise and sleep.

It features a minimalist display which uses color-coded LEDs to highlight activity progress and gives notification lights for calls and text alerts whenever your phone is nearby. The battery can also last for up to 5 days just like the Charge 2.

The device specifically targets consumers who are in swimming activity with its water-resistance for up to 5 ATMs (50m), and automatic tracking of pool exercises with the assistance of the Fitbit app to capture your laps, workout durations, and caloric burn. It also offers the SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking which recognices select workouts like walks, runs, bike rides and more.

Both wearable devices are now available for pre-order on Fitbit.com.