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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.