It’s Here! Charge 3: Fitbit’s Most Advanced Fitness Tracker Yet

Fitbit Charge 3

The past year saw the release of Fitbit’s first two smartwatches: Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic. But as a wearable leader, Fitbit knows that when it comes to health and fitness, one size doesn’t fit all; choice matters. That’s why the Charge fitness tracker family—Fitbit’s most popular product lineup—is getting a little bigger with the addition of Charge 3.

“With Charge 3, we’re delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable and premium design, along with the advanced health and fitness features our users want,” says James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

Fitbit Charge 3 has the same advanced sensors and algorithms used in Fitbit’s smartwatches—and many of the same features—but in a smaller package. Think Charge 2, but smarter. Way smarter.

Take a look at how they compare, below.

Fitbit Charge 3: What’s New?

Charge 3 is SWIMPROOF

Woman wearing Fitbit Charge 3 in the pool

Wear Charge 3 in the shower, rain, pool, or ocean—it’s water resistant up to 50 meters.

Charge 3 has up to a 7-DAY BATTERY LIFE

Fitbit Charge 3

Improved battery life means Charge 3 can last 40 percent longer than Charge 2, getting you through an entire week on one charge.*

Charge 3 has a TOUCHSCREEN

Charge 3’s high-resolution OLED touchscreen display is bigger than Charge 2’s and brilliantly showcases crisp graphics with new playful animations and expressive graphics, creating fun moments to help you celebrate milestones and stay focused on hitting your goals. Swipe up to access an on-device dashboard for quick access to your stats. Women using female health tracking will also easily be able to see where they are in their cycle.

Charge 3 is LIGHTER, MORE DURABLE, AND MORE COMFORTABLE

Fitbit Charge 3 profile

Housed in a slimmer, more modern silhouette that’s ergonomically more comfortable for men and women, Charge 3 is made of lightweight materials, including a 20-percent lighter aerospace-grade aluminum case and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, which offers added durability when compared to the plastic cover display on Charge 2. A new patent-pending inductive button on the side further streamlines the design.

Charge 3 has GOAL-BASED EXERCISE MODES

Fitbit Charge 3 goal-based exercise mode

Choose from 15+ exercise modes like bike, swim, run, weights, and yoga; set a goal for calories burned, distance or duration, and see real-time stats, progress, and celebrations on device when you reach your goal.

Charge 3 offers POPULAR APPS

Fitbit Charge 3 weather app

Make the most of your day with top-requested apps like Alarms, Timer, and Weather. Fitbit Leaderboard and Calendar are coming soon with future firmware updates, as are a select number of popular brand apps and clock faces.

Charge 3 has EXPANDED NOTIFICATIONS & QUICK REPLIES

Fitbit Charge 3 quick replies

With Charge 3, you can easily view and customize notifications from smartphone apps like Facebook and Uber, as well as call, calendar, and text notifications, accept or reject calls, and respond on the go with pre-populated or custom quick replies.**

Charge 3 Special Edition will offer FITBIT PAY

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitbit Pay

Going for a run? Leave your wallet at home and use Charge 3 Special Edition devices (coming soon) to easily and securely buy a bottle of water with Fitbit Pay contactless payments. Fitbit Pay is supported by more than 100 banks and card issuers in 18 countries through American Express, Mastercard, and Visa networks, with a goal of reaching more than 20 markets by the end of the year.

Charge 3 has ENHANCED HEART RATE TECHNOLOGY

Fitbit Charge 3 heart rate tracking

Offering improved accuracy during exercise compared to Charge 2, Charge 3’s continuous heart rate technology better measures stats like calorie burn and resting heart rate.

Charge 3 has a SPO2 SENSOR

Fitbit Charge 3 sensors

Like Versa and Ionic, Charge 3 is built with a relative SpO2 sensor that has the potential to estimate blood oxygen level and help detect health issues, such as sleep apnea. 

Pre-Order Your Charge 3 Today

Fitbit Charge 3 family

Charge 3 is available for presale today on Fitbit.com and at select online retailers tomorrow for $149.95 in black with a graphite aluminum case or blue gray with a rose gold aluminum case; accessories range from $29.95 to $49.95. Still to come: Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition with Fitbit Pay will be available soon for $169.95. It comes with an additional black classic accessory band in box.


*Battery life varies with use and other factors. The battery life of Fitbit Charge 3 can be 40 percent longer compared to Charge 2.

**Smartphone notifications when phone is nearby; compatible with Android and iOS. Accept/reject calls from your wrist, and then accept and answer on your phone. Windows compatibility, accept/reject calls and quick replies for Android users coming soon.

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  • Questions:
    1. I currently have time, date, steps, & HR on one screen on my Charge 2 without scrolling. Is that still possible?
    2. Can you name silent alarms? That has been a request for YEARS!
    3. Why does every new product have a different charging cable???
    4. Any issues with bands getting caught on something and being pulled off? The connection of the band to the device looks like there is not mechanical latch.

  • I’ve enjoyed my fit bit .when my first one quit my husband got me another on about a year and a half to two years ago and it quit. I can’t afford to replace it but I sure expected it to last longer than it has. I no longer will need anymore notices. I’m almost seventy and it was good to keep track of my activity but I can’t keep buying them

  • So charge 3 is coming out. My question would be will the screen crack on this one too as it does with the Charge 2. Have had my Charge 2 a little over a year and the screen has cracked from top to bottom with no reasonable explanation. Having read similar stories on Fitbit forums would appear there is a design flaw and it is the charger that causes pressure to the device which results in the screen cracking. Very disappointed and not sure that I would invest in another even thought I loved my Charge 2! Buyers beware! Poor show for such a big brand!

  • No onboard GPS? That’s a terrible design decision. I love my Charge 2 but the connected GPS is awful, which is why I use a Garmin Forerunner 35 for running and cycling. Really disappointed by this omission.

  • When is the official release date of the Charge 3? As of right now you can pre-order and it ships in 6-8 weeks but when will it be available to buy in stores or direct through fitbit without waiting the 6-8 week wait time?

  • If it’s not already planned, I would love to see a countdown timer with intervals. Example, if you want to run 10 walk 1 and repeat for any length of time or doing interval training at the gym do each exercise 2 min, rest 30 sec.
    I am fine if it needs to be set up on the phone but it would be nice if the fitbit would give a vibration for each transition.

  • Upgrading for the both of us from the original Charge to the Charge 2, mine worked flawlessly. My wife’s logged 16k steps each night while she slept. She gave up – customer service was a flop.

    Ya know, folks, one will only spend a given amount of time trying to resolve an issue. You not only lost her but me too, our family and to some degree those with whom we’ve shared this story.

  • I have 2 questions:

    1) Will it track stairs? (As my Charge 2 doesn’t and I’ve done everything.)
    2) Why not allow current Charge 2 owners a fair trade-in discount if they upgrade?

  • I’ve had a Charge 2 for almost 2 years and love it. My only complaint is that it is bulky ( I have slender wrists). I switched to the Versa, but noticed it tracks steps while driving. I did a side by side with the new versa and charge 2 and the charge 2 was clearly more accurate. I am returning the versa tomorrow. I hope the charge 3 is less bulky as discussed.

  • One of the big advantages a gym has over your guest room/home gym is the
    wide array of weights, machines, exercise classes and
    other elements. This gives you the opportunity to try new
    exercise equipment and vary your routine. If you do the same workout
    day-in and day-out, your body builds a type of muscle memory and the gains you make are incrementally decreased.
    Fitness experts say that finding different ways to exercise the
    same muscles and muscle groups can improve the quality of your workout.

  • Pretty disgusted about the change in the release date. I ordered this thru Best Buy back in August with a guaranteed delvery date of October 1. Received an email saying pushed out to December. I called Best Buy and the re-affirmed the October 1 date but today is October 1 and I have heard nothing. Now I see a release date of November 16 on Amazon. WTF? No explaination offered. Maybe I need to shop for another product that will deliver as promised. This pre-ordered business is nonsense.

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