Even Fitbit’s most affordable tracker is getting a sharper screen.
91mobiles claims to have obtained what appear to be official renderings of upcoming Fitbit smartwatches, lending credence to rumors of their impending release. We haven’t heard anything about an improved Inspire until now.
The most notable takeaways from these new photographs are that Fitbit appears to be reintroducing a physical button to its smartwatches and that the company will also be introducing a color display to its least expensive fitness tracker.
Those at the top of the list resemble their forebears strikingly. The physical button is the only significant variation. It would appear that Fitbit has abandoned the capacitive button’s touchscreen in favor of a more conventional button. The microphones have been moved, and the cover has been redesigned to be a little more aesthetically pleasing.
These aren’t the first rumored images of the Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2, and they seem to confirm that the new smartwatches will appear quite similar to their predecessors. Instead, the Inspire seems to be heading in a more radical direction. It wouldn’t be too shocking if Fitbit launched the Inspire 2, Versa 3, and Sense all at once again, given that they did so in 2020.
Fitbit Sense 2
Versa 4 will serve as Sense 2’s stripped-down sibling like the previous iteration. It won’t have its older brother’s ECG sensor, for instance. This feature remains in Sense 2, although the ECG surface is now integrated into the bezel rather than the frame.
Fitbit Versa 4
The first Versa debuted in 2018, and the third generation hit shelves in 2020. Graphite and rose color options are rumored for the upcoming Versa 4. Considering the mockups show the overall appearance won’t alter significantly from the Versa 3, the existence of a tactile button on the side of the cover might be the key design talking point. A new watch face that displays your Daily Readiness Score from Fitbit seems likely.
Fitbit Inspire 3
Even more, Fitbit Inspire 3 leaks have surfaced. The only glaring improvement is the use of a color screen. Now it has an AMOLED display, like the Charge 5 and Luxe. Obviously, this will impact battery life, but maybe Fitbit has compensated by including a beefier battery. The watch may be purchased in Yellow, Pink, or Black.
This data complements previous information 9to5Google unearthed in the Fitbit app for Android and iOS smartphones a few months ago. Hera and Rhea, allusions to Star Wars characters, were found to be the names of two mysterious gadgets in the code.
Leaks from Fitbit: Code names
When creating a new product, many companies utilize codenames rather than the actual product names. There is a long history of science fiction and space-themed names at Fitbit. The resolution of the pair’s screens is 336×336, which is identical to that of the most recent Fitbit smartwatches.
This, however, is not the final bit of information. A gadget with the Star Trek designation “Nyota” has been sighted. The screen on this one can show a resolution of 124 x 208 pixels. Comparable to the Fitbit Luxe from the previous year. Or maybe the Inspire 3 that’s coming out soon.
Unfortunately, this is the last bit of information provided by the app. It is currently difficult to predict with certainty the technical specifications of these gadgets, especially since there have been no more disclosures.
Leaks from Fitbit: What to expect
The 1.58-inch screen size on the Sense and Versa 3 is quite generous. More so since doing so would increase the gadget’s overall footprint. The only option to expand the display size on the current version would be to decrease the already tiny bezel. It appears from the app deconstruction that the same screen resolution and resolution will be available this year. It’s okay to do so, provided the display is excellent.
Additional health and fitness features and the ability to manually transfer tunes to the watches’ internal memory would be welcome additions. Certain Sense capabilities will likely make their way to the Versa 4 as well. Unfortunately, we don’t have high hopes that Fitbit will remove the barrier.
There isn’t a WearOS-compatible OS
There has been talk that Fitbit’s next smartwatches would use Google’s open-source Wear OS 3.0 instead of the company’s existing proprietary software. After all, they have stated that they are collaborating with Google on a high-end wristwatch.
The app’s data suggests that the new Fitbit devices interact and exchange data with your phone through a software “bridge,” thus, it seems unlikely that they would be compatible with that OS. This is true for the Fitbit Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3. Communication between your phone and WearOS-powered wearable is handled in a unique way.
In late August of 2020, both the Versa 3 and Sense were launched. In 2022, it looks likely that similar releases will coincide. Since IFA will be held at a physical venue in Berlin this September, it seems likely that this would be the jumping-off point for the trio, and we can expect them any week now.
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Last Updated on February 17, 2023
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