Fitbit ups the ante with its fancy-looking Blaze fitness watch

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Fitbit earned the primary wearable title final yr with almost 4.4 million wrist companions bought. And whereas their units have by no means been glossy, fancy or elegant, they’re hoping that the newest Blaze may assist extra individuals leap into the entire fitness watch scene.

However this isn't actually a smartwatch, by definition. It doesn’t have third-celebration apps like different smartwatches (Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S2) on the market. This area of interest phase that Fitbit hopes to strategy could possibly be for many who need to be fitness targeted, but not leap into an entire new world of problems related with “smartwatches”.

It’ll be fascinating to see how the plenty react to a extra style-targeted fitness tracker/watch, contemplating how Swiss (TAG Heuer and Breitling) makers have additionally determined to hitch in. Perhaps the days of the analogue are over.

Fitbit’s Blaze goes to do what their merchandise do best, monitoring fitness. Whether or not you select to have it on your wrist 24/7, that’s just about as much as you however you possibly can relaxation straightforward in case you determine so; it’ll monitor sleep, rely your steps, monitor your exercises and data your coronary heart fee all through.

In the event you’re unfamiliar with the entire Fitbit ecosystem, you'll be able to examine their different units right here.


The precise device is modular, so the decisions of bands/straps will match just about any event – coming in the typical Fitbit elastomer, leather-based and chrome steel choices. The model’s units have all the time been squarish, straying away from the conventional watch face however the Blaze is octogonal watch face, so it’s much less dice-ish this time.

Notably, Fitbit’s newest fitness tracker will feature an LED color screen – a primary for the firm. Including that makes an enormous change however for some purpose they unnoticed inbuilt GPS on Blaze; a key feature that differentiated their prime of the line Surge tracker from its decrease fashions.


Although, it does have “related GPS”; a flowery method of claiming that you simply’ll want your smartphone to trace distance and map out your route. They in all probability left this out to maintain battery life at a bearable 5-days.

Though, we didn’t select to name it a smartwatch, it does have some type of notifications: name, textual content and calendar alerts to be exact. You’ll additionally be capable of management your music playback choices whereas doing all of your fitness associated actions.


Most of the specifications are nonetheless up in the air however from what we’ve been capable of collect, it’ll play good with iOS, Android and Home windows smartphones/tablets, collectively with PCs too.

The elastomer Fitbit Blaze will retail for US$ 199.95 (RM 875.70) and are available three colors: black, blue and plum.

If you wish to go larger up in the seems to be division, you’ll should fork out extra – a further US$ 99.95 (RM ) for the leather-based band and US$ 129.95 (RM ) for the chrome steel band. The new fitness tracker can be on the market internationally in March 2016.




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