Fitbit typically announces a couple of devices a year, normally coinciding a launch with a big trade show, like IFA, MWC or CES. The company doesn8217;t usually announce products at the shows themselves but often a couple of days prior, using the shows to then present the new devices.
The Charge 2 was announced two years ago at IFA 2016 so an update to this excellent fitness tracker is definitely plausible. Fitbit revealed the Charge 2 on 29 August and the Ionic on 28 August, both the Monday before IFA press days kicked off. If the company follows the same pattern, we might see a new Fitbit on 27 August this year. Nothing is confirmed yet though.
- Slimmer and sleeker than Charge 2
- Different interchangeable strap options
- Hi-Res OLED display likely
It looks like the interchangeable straps will still be intact, though with a neater mechanism and we can expect a range of different bands, including a perforated sports band like the Apple Watch Nike+ as well as a fabric option. There8217;s also a diamond-shaped etched band, which looks similar to the strap found on the special edition Charge 2 models.
The body colours shown in the leak suggest there will be a rose gold Charge 3 and a black Charge 3. If the Charge 2 is anything to go by though, these will probably be special edition models and cost a little more.
The leak also appears to show Fitbit having done away with the side button of the Charge 2, replacing it with an indent instead. The PurePulse heart rate sensor appears to be in the same position as the Charge 2 however, though the actual body of the Charge 3 seems to be curved and sleeker than its predecessor.
We8217;d expect a high resolution OLED display to take precedence on the front, as the leak supports, and it looks like we can also expect a buckle fastening, like the Charge 2, Alta HR, Fitbit Ionic and Versa all offer.
The leak from NieuweMobiel didn8217;t reveal what features or specifications the Fitbit Charge 3 might come with, but we8217;d expect improvements on the Charge 2 in terms of battery life and display, as well as some new features.
What these will be remain to be seen for now but it would be great to see at least water resistance and swim tracking for example, something the Charge 2 and Alta HR both lack, while the newer Ionic and Versa both offer.
We8217;d expect the Charge 3 to sit in the same ballparc. It8217;s unlikely to be cheaper than £120 and it probably won8217;t go over the £150 mark for the standard model as this would start creeping into Fitbit8217;s smartwatch category.