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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Fitbit Versa now available worldwide



Last month Fitbit unveiled the Fitbit Versa and started taking pre-orders, today it is finally shipping and available for purchase worldwide. We’ll have a full review of the Versa soon — we’ve been putting it through its paces for about a week already — but if you just can’t wait, you can pick one up now from Fitbit.com, Amazon, Best Buy and more.

To give you a quick preview of our thoughts on the device, it presents in many ways as a Fitbit Ionic (which we quite liked) that has been put on a diet. While you lose the built-in GPS of the Ionic and in the base model the NFC payment method (bump up to the Versa Special Edition for that), the rest of the core functionality is present in the Versa and in a considerably smaller package that is going to appeal to a much broader range of customers. The body of the Versa comes in three colors (black aluminum, rose gold aluminum, and silver aluminum) and thanks to the easily swappable bands, there is considerably more customization that can be done from there.

The battery life on the Versa has been great so far; it was the evening of my 5th day with the device that it finally flashed the low battery alert, and I waited another 6 hours to place it on the charger to see that it still had 5% remaining. This was with at least an hour of exercise every day and two outdoor runs of between 4-5 miles using the connected GPS.

We’ll cover the rest in the full review later this week, but in the meantime, if you have any questions just let us know and we can answer them here or in the review.

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Fitbit Announces Global Availability of Fitbit Versa

Female health tracking coming to entire Fitbit platform starting in May to help women better understand the connection between their menstrual cycle and overall health[i]

Quick replies to mobile device messages available for Android users in May 

Fitbit Pay adds Chase to existing bank and card issuers American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo in the U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 16, 2018 – Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) the leading global wearables brand, announced today the availability of Fitbit Versa™at major retailers worldwide for $199.95 (USD). Versa is the lightest metal smartwatch in the U.S. market,[ii] featuring a modern design, advanced health and fitness features, 4+ days battery life,[iii] smart features people want most and cross platform compatibility – all at a competitive price.

Beginning in May, these new Fitbit features will be available:

  • Quick replies: Android mobile device users can respond to messages on the go using Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches. Create and send up to five custom pre-populated quick replies of 60 characters or less to text messages and messenger apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
  • Female health tracking: Available to all adult users who identify as female in the Fitbit® app to track their menstrual cycle and symptoms.iMakes it easier to manage your cycle with a more complete picture of health and fitness data all in one place. Versa and Ionic users will also be able to view female health tracking information on-device.

“We’re thrilled for consumers around the world to experience Versa, a beautifully designed smartwatch for all with advanced health and fitness features, access to our large global social network and smart features people find most useful at an approachable price,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “We believe Versa is a smartwatch that will have mass appeal, attracting new audiences and helping us capture a previously untapped segment of users in this growing wearables category.”

Powered by Fitbit OS 2.0, Versa makes your daily and weekly health and fitness data even more accessible on the go with a redesigned dashboard, which delivers action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and support to help you stay on track to reach your goals. Advanced health and fitness features include personalized on-device workouts with Fitbit Coach,[iv] enhanced 24/7 PurePulse® heart rate tracking, 15+ exercise modes plus automatic SmartTrack™ swim tracking with water resistance up to 50 meters, and automatic sleep stages tracking.

In addition to new quick replies for Android users, Versa has the smart features you need including: app, calendar, call and text smartphone notifications; access to Fitbit’s growing App Gallery, now with more than 700 popular brand, developer and Fitbit Labs apps,[v] and customizable clock faces; wallet-free payments on Fitbit Versa Special Edition via Fitbit Pay, supported by more than 60 banks and card issuers in 15 countries (now including Chase);[vi] and on-device music for more motivation with access to Deezer,[vii] Pandora[viii] and personal music playlists. All of these features come with 4+ days battery life,iii and, like all Fitbit devices, Versa is compatible across Android, iOS and Windows devices.[ix]

Pricing and availability

Fitbit Versa is available today at global retail partner stores worldwide. The device is also available for sale at Fitbit.com and major online retailers for $199.95 (USD) in black with a black aluminum case, gray with a silver aluminum case, or peach with a rose gold aluminum case; accessories range from $29.95-$99.95 (USD). Fitbit Versa Special Edition, which includes Fitbit Pay, is available for $229.95 (USD) in a lavender woven band with rose gold aluminum case or charcoal woven band with graphite aluminum case, each with an extra black classic band.

To help the whole family become active together, Fitbit will be releasing its first activity tracker for kids, Fitbit Ace™, in Q2 2018.

About Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT)

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leading global wearables brand, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of innovative and popular products include Fitbit Blaze®Fitbit Charge 2®Fitbit Alta HR™Fitbit Alta®Fitbit Ace™Fitbit Flex 2®, and Fitbit Zip®activity trackers, as well as the Fitbit Ionic™ and Fitbit Versa™ smartwatches, Fitbit Flyer™ wireless headphones and Fitbit Aria 2™ Wi-Fi Smart Scale. Fitbit products are carried in over 45,000 retail stores and in 86 countries around the globe. Powered by one of the world’s largest social fitness networks and databases of health and fitness data, the Fitbit platform delivers personalized experiences, insights and guidance through leading software and interactive tools, including the Fitbit and Fitbit Coach apps, and the Fitbit OS for smartwatches. Fitbit Health Solutions develops health and wellness solutions designed to help increase engagement, improve health outcomes, and drive a positive return for employers, health plans and health systems.

Fitbit and the Fitbit logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fitbit, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Additional Fitbit trademarks can be found at www.fitbit.com/legal/trademark-list. Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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