Launch of the Fitbit Charge 5 Fitness Band app with always-on screen, daily readiness score and wrist ECG

Fitbit Charge 5 has been officially unveiled globally with a sleeker design and a brighter screen. Fitbit says Charge 5 is 10 percent thinner than Fitbit Charge 4, but still offers up to 7 days of battery life. The fitness band comes with a new health metric called Daily Readiness Score, which calculates your “readiness” for a workout and suggests what you should be doing on a given day based on heart rate, sleep, and other activities. May suggest light yoga, high-intensity exercise, or rest, depending on your score. Other Fitbit Charge 5 features include a wrist ECG app and an EDA sensor to track stress levels.

Fitbit Charge 5 price, sale

The new Fitbit Charge 5 costs $179.95 (about Rs. 13,300) in the US market, EUR 179.95 (about Rs. 15,600) in Europe and AUD 269.95 (about Rs. 14,500) in Australia. The fitness track will be available for pre-order on August 25th. Customers who pre-order the wearable will have a six-month subscription to Fitbit Premium at no extra cost. The Fitbit Charge 5 comes in Graphite and Black, Platinum and Steel Blue, and Gold and Lunar White color options. It is unclear when Fitbit Charge 5 will be released in other international markets, including India.

Fitbit Charge 5 Specifications and Features

As for features and specifications, the Fitbit Charge 5 has stainless steel sides that double as sensors for the ECG application as well as the EDA sensors. As mentioned, Fitbit Charge 5 features a daily readiness score that is only accessible to Fitbit Premium users. Essentially, it tells you whether you should focus on recovery or do some intense training. The score is analyzed based on activity level, last three days of sleep, and heart rate variability. Other Fitbit Charge 5 features include built-in GPS, 20 goal-setting exercise modes, real-time active zone minute tracking, and automatic exercise recognition. It features a full-color AMOLED touchscreen – considered thinner and 2x brighter than Charge 4.

The ECG app will not ship with the wearable at launch, but the company says it will be released in Charge 5 soon. After each assessment, the ECG app will provide a PDF report that users can share with their physicians. In addition, Charge 5 will also send notifications on your wrist when your heart rate is above or below your preferred range. It also provides data on respiratory rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). Other features include hydration reminders, menstrual monitoring, inactivity reminders, 20 color clock faces, always-on view, email and call notifications, quick responses (Android only), do not disturb mode and Fitbit contactless payments Pay (in selected markets)

With the Fitbit Premium subscription package, users have access to video workouts from brands such as Daily Burn, Physique 57, Popsugar, Aaptiv and more. It also provides access to over 300 mindfulness sessions by Deepak Chopra, Croix, Breethe and others. Fitbit has also partnered with Calm to offer 30 new content to Fitbit users.

Fitbit has yet to reveal the device’s detailed specs.

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