In March, Google stated that Fitbit was developing a pair of new smartwatches, and two months later the product names and some design cues were made public. Now that we have a thorough examination of the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4,
The Fitbit Sense 2 Fitbit’s upcoming premium wristwatch, the Sense 2, will have the most cutting-edge sensors. Images from a regulatory body that are open to the public demonstrate how it shares the 2020 generation’s overall styling. It’s still a rounded square with a pebble-like shape, but Fitbit did something clever with the bezel.
When using the ECG (electrocardiogram) app to take AFib readings on the original Sense, there is a polished stainless steel ring around the display where you place your fingers (for 30 seconds). That surface looks to have been integrated by Fitbit into the bottom case and behind the cover glass. At an angle, you can notice that the sensor is a lighter color than the screen, which subtly gives the device a cleaner appearance.
Fitbit Sense and Sense 2 side-by-side
There is a physical button (on the left edge) that appears to physically depress when tapped, which is another significant hardware change. The initial solid-state, indented button that only vibrates when pressed was hated by several users because they thought it was difficult to click. (I particularly liked it because there was one fewer moving part to break, but my coworker Ben Schoon did not like it because he frequently found the button to be fully inoperative.)
The bottom, however, follows the top surface’s design in the exact opposite manner. Note how the inner cutouts (and corner pins for charging) are enclosed by two raised metal arcs as opposed to one continuous bottom piece for the biosensor core. It’s not clear if this enhances already-existing sensing capabilities or adds new ones altogether.
Sense 2 versus Fitbit Sense
The Fitbit Sense 2 will reportedly have a temperature sensor, GPS, ECG detection, and a 50-meter water resistance rating, according to markings seen from this bottom view.
VERSA 4 by Fitbit We also take a look at the Versa 4, which is intended to be Fitbit’s consumer smartwatch and comes from the same source. There is only a microphone for Google Assistant compatibility and other use cases like snore detection, as well as GPS and 50m water resistance, according to marks on the rear cover, which also reveal that there is no ECG or temperature tracking. Fitbit seems to be using the same magnetic charger on both of its new watches, as seen by the design, which is largely unaltered from the Sense 2 and includes the button.
The release date for Fitbit’s Sense 2 and Versa 4 is unknown, but the gadgets are undoubtedly moving through the regulatory process. Late summer or early fall is a likely time to position these wearables for the holiday buying season now that the spring window has passed. But when it debuts alongside the Pixel 7 in the autumn, this Fitbit assortment will face off against the Pixel Watch.
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