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Fitbit Charge 3 is Here to Get You Going

22 August 2018, 07:09 | Melissa Porter

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The Charge 3 boasts swimproof design and a touchscreen and uses aluminum casing and Corning Gorilla Glass, and features more than 15 goal-based exercise modes.

Fitbit today has introduced the third iteration of its popular activity tracker lineup, the Fitbit Charge.

There's also a lot more you can do on the display. That said, the Charge 3 has connected Global Positioning System, so you can still track your routes if you take your phone along with you on that run.

After launching the Ionic and Versa smartwatches, and the Ace for kids in the past year, Fitbit has returned to its fitness band roots by announcing the next version of its Charge tracker.

A rundown of what users can expect from the new device makes it sound like it's straddling the line between a fitness tracker and smartwatch, which can't help but be a good thing. The bezels are smaller and the screen is just a tiny bit bigger, but the Charge 3 actually looks like a device that you won't be ashamed of in 2018. More feature carryovers from Fitbit's smartwatch push include replying to text messages (Android only), female health tracking, calendar, alarms, timer, and weather (to name a few). Coming to the battery life, the Fitbit Charge 3 can last up to seven days on a single charge. Accordingly, the Charge 3 can track laps, distance, and time spent in the pool. But the company still gets nearly half its revenue from trackers.

There's also a special-edition Charge 3 (£150) which is fitted with a NFC chip so you can use Fitbit Pay, although this isn't expected to ship until November and so far the only high-street bank that works with Fitbit Pay is Santander.

Reliance Digital, Croma, Helios and other major retailers offline and online on Amazon and Flipkart will be selling Fitbit Charge 3. It features a crisp, touchscreen OLED display that is almost 40 percent larger and brighter than its predecessor, offering a more intuitive experience with easy access to your most important information. Charge 3 comes with Fitbit's heart rate tracker and sleep monitor. There's also no on-device Global Positioning System - you'll only be able to use Global Positioning System when the Charge 3 is connected to your phone.

Aside from swimming, you'll still get Fitbit's standard array of fitness tracking options. The special edition comes with an additional band in the box.

Check out our hands-on review of the Fitbit Charge 3 here. It's priced at Rs 14,999 for the black (with graphite aluminum case) and blue-gray (with gold aluminum case) color variants.

Fitbit has also tacked on an upgraded heart rate sensor in addition to bringing over the Sp02 sensor from its smartwatches that allows for the potential to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels and help track new health indicators, like sleep apnea.

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