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Another smartwatch from Fitbit hits stores

R Dinakaran | Updated on: May 09, 2018
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The Versa follows the Ionic smartwatch from the fitness-focussed company. Here’s our first look at it

Fitbit was one of the early entrants in the fitness tracker space and has remained so even as other major device-makers like Samsung and Apple have come out with similar devices that also double up as watches. The advantage was that the watch-cum-fitness tracker did away with the need for wearing a tracker and a watch separately.

Fitbit’s first watch was the Ionic and it is now coming out with the Versa. The Versa does almost everything a smartwatch does — connects with your phone to sync with fitness, news, sports and travel apps and also SMS and calendar notifications. The Fitbit App Gallery has more than 550 apps and clock faces.

Fitbit also has one major advantage — in-built GPS — that helps you track your route with maps, pace and distance. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can listen to songs from your watch, which Fitbit claims can store and play 300-plus songs and “download your favorite Pandora stations or Deezer playlists.”

It can track your calorie burn, see your resting heart rate trends and check your cardio fitness level.

For women, Fitbit Versa will soon help them log their period, record symptoms and compare their cycle against other health stats like sleep, activity and weight. It will also help them see dynamic cycle predictions and tell when to expect their period using a proprietary cycle algorithm “that gets smarter and more accurate” as users log their period and helps “see where you are in your cycle at-a-glance on your wrist”.

Versa also comes with an NFC chip in some editions, which helps you use your credit and debit cards at places that accept contact-less payments.

The Versa can be personalised with a variety of clock faces and with classic, leather, metal and woven accessory bands.

Fitbit claims a four-day battery life for the Versa. It has just been launched in India and will be available starting May 13 in stores as well as e-commerce websites. It starts at a price of ₹19,999.

Published on May 09, 2018

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