Fitbit announces Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3

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After several leaks and a not-so-subtle teaser yesterday, Fitbit officially announced what we all knew was coming: the Sense 2, the Versa 4, and the Inspire 3. And as Fitbit introduces new software in addition to the new hardware, this update is more about incremental improvements and refining what you already know, rather than launching something revolutionary. Oh, and yes, the Sense 2 and Versa 4 have physical buttons!

The $299.95 Sense 2 and the $229.95 Versa 4 both have minor design tweaks. For starters, both are thinner and lighter. The button on both devices is also higher up, as is the area where you attach straps. Meanwhile, the Sense 2 incorporates its health sensors into the device’s display using “evaporated electrodes”. However, that doesn’t really change how users interact with the device. It’s more of a technical feat that aims to cram everything into a sleek, thin package.

The new Tile interface on the Sense 2. Google Wallet is also coming to Fitbit, along with turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps.
Image: Fitbit

Speaking of sensors, the Sense 2 adds a new Continuous Electrodermal Activity (cEDA) sensor to track stress throughout the day. Fitbit introduced stress tracking with the Sense in 2020, but that was more of a random metric. The new sensor enables continuous, all-day stress tracking that alerts you when your stress levels get too high. It then recommends things like mood tracking, guided breathing, and mindfulness sessions. Fitbit also says you can customize when you get notifications, so you can unsubscribe if you have an important presentation, for example.

In terms of software updates, Fitbit is introducing some new workout modes, bringing the total to 40. These include options such as HIIT, weightlifting, and dance. And while it’s not an entirely new feature, Fitbit Premium users can access animal-based sleep profiles to help users better understand their sleep patterns. (Sense 2 and Versa 4 users also get an exclusive watch face with their sleeping animal.) It’s similar to Samsung’s sleep coach feature on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 series, which also assigns users animal profiles to help them sleep better . Fitbit also recently received FDA approval for passive heart rhythm monitoring for atrial fibrillation, which will also appear on the Sense 2.

Fitbit Versa render with a watch face

The Versa 4 now has a physical button.
Image: Fitbit

In a demo, Fitbit also showed a revamped interface with Tiles that are very similar to the ones you see in Wear OS 3. The company also said turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps and Google Wallet will also be “coming soon,” though it declined to give a firm timeline, which isn’t surprising given Google’s recent portable push, but code suggesting Google Wallet is making its way to the Sense 2 and Versa 4 was also spotted last week.

The $99.95 Inspire 3 also gets a few major updates. Fitbit has mainly ditched the monochrome LED in favor of an OLED color display and added an SpO2 sensor. Despite the switch to a more power-hungry display, Fitbit says the Inspire 3’s battery life will last for 10 days. According to Fitbit spokesperson Jonathan Moll, that drops to three days if you turn on the always-on display (AOD). (The Sense 2 and Versa 4 have an estimated six days without AOD and three days with.)

Several colorful strap options around a Fitbit Inspire 3

The Inspire 3 gets an OLED color screen and SpO2 sensor but keeps the induction button. You can also opt for a clip instead of a belt.
Image: Fitbit

We reserve our judgment until we can see how the Sense 2, Versa 4 and Inspire 3 perform in testing. On paper, this seems like a fairly iterative update, especially compared to when Fitbit launched the Sense, Versa 3, and Inspire 2 in 2020. That lineup was a pleasant surprise from the company, given that the Google-Fitbit merger was still pending. and the company struggled to sell its wares. This time around, it’s harder to say what role these fitness-first gadgets will play in Fitbit’s future. Not only are we expecting a Pixel Watch this fall, but it should also have new Fitbit integration. And while we haven’t seen any skin or hair of a premium Wear OS Fitbit watch, CEO James Park has promised that one is on the way, too.

All three devices are available for pre-order starting today and come with a six-month trial of Fitbit Premium. While the price hikes from inflation are beginning to impact consumer technology, Fitbit says the prices of all three devices will remain the same as their predecessors. The Sense 2 retails for $299.95, the Versa 4 for $229.95 and the Inspire 3 for $99.95.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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