Fitbit, part of the Google Group, has introduced the new generation of its most popular fitness tracker, Charge. Fitbit Charge 6 should allow significantly more precise measurement of heart rate. There is also mobile payment, navigation and a new button.
With the Fitbit Charge 6, the company says it is providing its most accurate heart rate monitor to date. Parts of the hardware were provided by the Pixel Watch adopted and optimized for the tracker. Compared to its predecessor, Charge 5, pulse detection is said to be up to 60% more accurate. This also makes more precise measurements for calories, active zones and daily fitness index possible.
Fitbit also emphasizes that Charge 6 can easily be connected to other fitness devices thanks to the collaboration with various partners – including iFit, NordicTrack, Peloton and Technogym. The real-time heart rate can be displayed on external devices via an encrypted Bluetooth connection.
Maps Payment Button
With Charge 6, Fitbit is also bringing new Google services to the fitness tracker. Google Maps allows you to display navigation instructions on your wrist. Google Wallet support makes it possible to make contactless payments on the go. However, since Charge 6 does not have its own cellular connection, it must be connected to a smartphone. Last but not least, Google is also bringing back the haptic side button with the new model. The company emphasizes that this adjustment is also due to customer feedback; the touchscreen navigation of the predecessor had sparked criticism.
Fitbit Charge 6 can now be pre-ordered from Fitbit, Google and selected retailers at a price of 160 euros. Shipping will begin October 12th.
- Fitbit introduces Fitbit Charge 6
- Charge 6 offers up to 60% more accurate heart rate measurement
- Collaboration with partners such as iFit, NordicTrack, Peloton, Technogym
- Charge 6 integrates Google services such as Maps and Wallet
- Haptic side button returns at customer request
- Pre-orders for 160 euros are now possible
- Shipping from October 12th.