Fitbit may now be under Google’s ownership, but that’s not stopping it from launching a new update to its kids fitness tracker range.
The Fitbit Ace 3 has leaked online, in a new report on WinFuture, and it looks like the device is set to be launched on 15 March.
There’s no new details on features, but there’s a pretty complete set of specs we can expect.
The screen size Is getting a huge boost, up to 1.4-inch from just 0.7-inch on the Ace 2. We’re not sure whether this extra screen real estate will mean more on-device features such as games or challenges, but it looks like Fitbit is set to make the Ace 3 more engaging.
There’s still a monochrome display, so no colour options here. And the main features are still step tracking, sport monitoring and sleep insights. There’s a heart rate monitor, and according to the leak, it has 5ATM water resistance.
The design seems to be have been tweaked too, although it’s still broadly similar to its predecessor.
However, the larger case also mean a boost in battery life and it will now last 8 days between charging, up from 6 days on the previous generation.
There’s no GPS, so this is still very much a device that’s designed to keep kids active, rather than a focus on safety.
The Fitbit Ace uses an app which enables parents to set access and a kids view, but the feature set has been more limited than its main rival – the Garmin Vivofit Jnr.
While kids are rewarded with badges for hitting specific step and fitness goals, Garmin takes this on a level with virtual coin rewards for doing chores – away from a simple fitness approach.
We’d like to see Fitbit drive more gamification and software features to go alongside the new band.
With an imminent release date planned we shouldn’t have too long to wait for official conformation of the Fitbit Ace 3.