Health Tech: Fitbit Surge [LEAK]

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Following closely behind leak on the Fitbit Charge & Charge HR, a new leak appeared online this week relating to an even more impressive wearable fitness tracker from Fitbit and it goes under the name of the Fitbit Surge. This latest leak is thanks to an article on The Verge which provides the following insights.

Based on the marketing information (see below) the Fitbit Surge is to be the top of the range Fitbit wearable fitness trackers adding to the functionality provided by the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR. As stated in our previous article the Fitbit Charge appears to be intended to provide a new variation on the Fitbit Force, with the Fitbit Charge HR adding Fitbit’s PurePulse heart rate monitoring functionality to provide more accurate calorie burn calculations.

You will note that on the marketing information the Fitbit Surge is referred to as a ‘SuperWatch’ appearing to be aimed at the serious athlete in us all.

The features of this new device are listed below:

The first set of features are shared with the current Fitbit product range (Fitbit One and/or Fitbit Flex):

“Activity tracking

Track heart rate, steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes

Sleep quality + silent alarm

Monitor how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm

Wireless syncing + online tools

Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and to over 60 leading smartphones. See progress, log food, and earn badges through Fitbit’s mobile and online dashboard.

Share and compete

Share and compete with family and friends in new Fitbit challenges”

With the next set of features expanding on the current Fitbit product range (Fitbit One and/or Fitbit Flex), but shared with the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR:

“Designed for all-day wear

Sleek, comfortable wristband with customizable watch faces available in black, slate, and tangerine.”

What is meant by customisable watch faces is still to be seen as it could be physical interchangeable sections or a colour screen, but this continues Fitbits colour choice options provided on the rest of their tracker range.

“PurePulse heart rate

Continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate monitoring with no uncomfortable chest straps

Smart notifications

See call and text notifications on display and control music right from your wrist”

The final set of features are limited to the Fitbit Surge, differentiating it from the other Fitbit products and clearly aiming it at those of us that run or workout more.

“GPS tracking

Get distance, pace, and elevation climbed with built-in GPS, then review routes and split times

Made for multi-sport

Record running, cross training, and cardio workouts, then see comprehensive workout summaries that include tailored metrics, workout intensity and calories burned”

We can’t wait to get our hands on the Fitbit Surge, put it though it’s paces and let you know our findings.

The last question is, of course, the price, with a tipster to The Verge advising a price tag of $249 (£155), meaning that the previously leaked pricing of the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR of £140 and £180, respectively, may have been a little high.

Fitbit are not prepared to comment on any of this prior to formal release so we will have to wait and see what the actual price mark turn out to be.

 

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