Fitbit Charge 3 release date: Fitbit announces successor to the Charge 2

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In addition to a flood of cheap fitness trackers from Asian manufacturers, Fitbit faces a new Samsung smartwatch introduced two weeks ago and an expected fourth-generation update to Apple's (aapl) Apple Watch.

Charge 3 is available for pre-order today at Fitbit.com for $149.95 Dollars, and it will be available starting October 2018.

While the Charge 3 looks similar to the Charge 2 before it, Fitbit boasts that its latest tracker is "more refined", with a design that's slimmer and a body that's lighter so that it that sits closer to the wrist than the last-gen model. A special edition with additional colors and the wireless pay feature will go on sale later for $170.

Part of what apparently helped inform Fitbit's design and feature choices it made for the Charge 3 is internal research data showing that of adult consumers who bought a wearable in the past year, 42 percent wanted a tracker compared to 36 percent in search of a smartwatch. Meanwhile, Fitbit's also borrowed new software features from its smartwatches as well, including basic notification support and menstrual tracking. Aerospace aluminum was used for the Charge 3's case while Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers its display, and speaking of that display, the one on the Charge 3 is a gray-scale OLED panel that's 40% brighter and sharper than the screen on the Charge 2.

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An inductive button is present on the left of the Charge 3, allowing for the swim-proofing as well as the larger battery.

Outside of the exercising world, Fitbit has introduced female health tracking to the Charge 3 (previously only available on Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa), and Fitbit's SpO2 offers up insights into your sleep patterns via blood-oxygen level tracking.

At first, the Charge 3's black-and-white display doesn't seem much larger than the one found on the Charge 2, but the bezels aren't as obscene, and the display itself, in my limited experience with it, was much more responsive than the infuriatingly obtuse ones found in many of Fitbit's other products. The tracker will also allow you to set goals before your workouts, like the amount of calories you want to burn, or the amount of time you want to spend working out. And with seven days of claimed battery life, it outlasts any major smartwatch on the market. To make up for this shortfall, Fitbit has added in a slew of other fitness features to keep you happy.

Beyond its health features, meanwhile, the Charge 3 also lets you get numerous things done you can also do with a smartwatch, like customizing and viewing call, calendar, text and smartphone app notifications.

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