Fitbit’s IFA 2016 press conference is scheduled for the end of the week, but that’s not stopping the wearable fitness tech company from unveiling its big news ahead of the competition. In addition to two new fitness trackers — the Charge 2 and the Flex 2 — Fitbit is releasing gold variants of the Alta and Blaze. It is also launching a new type of challenge in its app called “Adventures.”
The Charge 2 is a successor to the Charge HR, and it introduces Cardio Fitness Score, a passive feature that tells you how fit you are. Relax is also a new mode that offers personalized guided breathing sessions to help you keep calm. The Flex 2, on the other hand, is Fitbit’s first “swim-proof” tracker. You can take it up to 50 meters underwater, and it will also automatically begin tracking your laps, duration, and calories burned. You can read our hands-on review of the two wearables here.
The two new devices are only part of Fitbit’s announcements. The Alta and Blaze, which the company launched earlier this year, have a handful of colorful new variants and stylish bands to choose from — notably, both devices are now available in gold.
The Blaze debuted at $200, and the special edition gold variant will set you back an additional $30. You can also choose to have a slimmer band of a type typically found on women’s watches.
If you already have a Blaze and want the gold variant, you can buy the “individual gold frame and tapered, slim black or pink accessory fitness band” for $100. The Blaze is removable, meaning you can pop it out of your current band and insert into the new gold-frame.
New slim camel leather bands with a stainless steel frame cost $100 as well, but if money’s tight you can always choose between the new khaki and olive nylon bands, priced at $40.
While the Blaze was initially met with a rather chilly reception, the latest update to the software (firmware version 8.301.4) makes it more of a smartwatch than ever, and perhaps, a more attractive option for fitness wearable enthusiasts. The update allows you to receive notifiactions for third-party apps, so now you’re not restricted to call, text, and calendar alerts. You’ll feel a vibration and will see an on-screen alert from apps like “Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, Skype, Slack, Snapchat, WeChat, WhatsApp and more; plus, you have the option to customize which notifications you receive.”
The update also means that the Blaze will now be able to remind you to move every hour. “Reminders to Move” exclusively kicked off with the Alta earlier this year, but the feature is finally trickling down to other Fitbit devices. The feature is also available in the new Charge 2 and Flex 2. Based on a time frame you set up, the device will remind you to take 250 steps every hour to keep you active.
There are also five additional clock faces to choose from.