We just got our first look at Fitbit’s next fitness smartwatches

We just got our first look at Fitbit’s next fitness smartwatches

We just got our best look yet at Fitbit’s next two fitness-focused smartwatches thanks to some new product images.

According to photographs discovered by 9to5Google that were made available to the public by a regulatory agency, the fitness tech company is reportedly planning to unveil an all-new Fitbit Versa 4 and Fitbit Sense 2 at some point in the not-too-distant future.

The Versa 4, the more popular and probably less expensive of the two, doesn’t appear to have changed much from its predecessor. The ECG sensor, which has until now only been available in Fitbit’s Sense series and can detect irregular cardiac rhythms, is once again missing from its design.

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Additionally, according to the photos, it will still feature GPS, be waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, and have a microphone for voice controls and snore detection. The most intriguing aspect is that it is losing a characteristic rather than gaining one.

Unless Fitbit has come up with a new method for temperature tracking, then the Fitbit Versa 4 seems to be completely lacking the feature, according to 9to5Google. 

The Sense 2 has received a few more changes than the Versa 4 did, though many of them will be fairly minor.

Although it has a tactile button and a sensor location that had been rumored, it still shares a lot of similarities with the original Fitbit Sense in terms of design. When pressed, the button on the original Sense didn’t truly push into the watch; instead, it simply vibrated in response to touch. Fitbit has corrected this on the Sense 2, though. The photos suggest that this time, there will be a real moving component.

The ECG sensor that is included into the watch’s case also appears to have altered. It is no longer a ring that surrounds the watch; instead, it is positioned beneath the outside corners of the display. We’ll have to give it a go to find out for sure, but hopefully this won’t have any effect on performance.

Last but not least, the watch’s rear sensor array on the underside has been updated, as seen by 9to5Google. It is yet unclear whether the new design enables any additional capabilities or simply enhances what the Sense was already able to achieve. It’s interesting to see that the array of the Versa 4 appears to have remained unchanged. This lack of technological advancements, along with the removal of temperature tracking, may be an effort to lower the price of the Versa while maintaining the Fitbit Sense 2’s status as the “premium” choice.

There is no information on when Fitbit will make any official announcements on the Versa 4 and Sense 2, however some leaks speculate that it will happen in September based on prior launches. We’ll have to wait and watch whether Fitbit decides to make an announcement soon to regain control of the narrative now that these photographs have been made public.

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