Just a few days after its sleek design was leaked in high-quality press renders and promotional images and a little over a month on the heels of the Fitbit Ace 3 announcement, the company’s latest wearable device appears to have gone official with minimal fanfare.
Affordable doesn’t have to mean ugly
In addition to the base options, “fashion-forward” customers will also be able to opt for a range of woven, leather double wrap, and stainless steel mesh bands “starting this spring” in exchange for anywhere between $35 and $80 extra.
Compared to the popular Charge 4, the Fitbit Luxe is clearly thinner and lighter overall, which unfortunately impacts the stellar battery life, bringing it down to a slightly less impressive endurance rating of “up to 5 days” between charges.
Win some, lose some
There doesn’t seem to be a GPS chip built into Fitbit’s newest activity tracker, which makes the device less than ideal for running and other types of outdoor exercises. On the decidedly bright side of things (both figuratively and literally speaking), the Fitbit Luxe comes with a “vibrant” AMOLED color display in tow, which explains (at least in part) its higher retail price compared to the black and white Charge 4.
While we don’t have any details on screen size and resolution at this time, we do know an ambient light sensor will be in charge of automatically adjusting brightness to go easy on the eyes at night and maximize visibility during the day, which is a very cool feature for the sub-$200 price segment.
Other than that, the two’s lists of features look pretty much identical, at least at first glance, including everything from in-depth sleep tracking (with sleep stages and an overall sleep score), blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring, 24/7 heart rate tracking, menstrual health supervision, and last but certainly not least, top-notch water resistance allowing you to use the Fitbit Charge 4 and Luxe at the swimming pool without ever worrying about any type of damage.
The Fitbit Luxe also promises to help its future owners better manage their daily stress levels, which is a feature that’s now available across the brand’s entire line of trackers and smartwatches, including the Charge 4, Inspire 2, Versa 2, and of course, last year’s Sense and Versa 3.