Fitbit has unveiled its new Fitbit Luxe – a stylish fitness tracker aimed at women (predominantly), which brings a color screen to the band format for the first time.
Fitbit’s more recent band-style wearables have been focused on delivering better value (Fitbit Inspire 2) or offering more tech (Fitbit Charge 4) – but the Luxe is certainly designed to deliver a better looking device.
While we’ve been big fans of those two devices, the screen tech has been a cause of criticism. When the likes of the Amazfit Band 5 and Xiaomi Mi Watch 6 can deliver a week of battery life with glorious AMOLED displays, they have seriously put the monochrome Fitbit screens in the shade.
While Fitbit has been a little shy on the screen specs, the Luxe appears to have the same screen tech as the Versa and Sense. And it still manages to deliver the same 5 days of battery life as the rest of its line up.
The case is made from stainless steel, so it’s a big visual and quality step up from the rest of the Fitbit tracker line up.
Under the hood are many of the best features of the Fitbit Sense.
There’s skin temperature, HRV and SpO2, which are all reported in the Fitbit Health Metrics – although skin temperature is coming after launch.
And stress detection is coming over from the Fitbit Sense, and the stress score will be part of the mix. However, there’s no EDA sensor on the Fitbit Luxe, which allows users to check stress response using electrodermal activity.
There’s also no GPS on board (although you can use connected GPS from a paired smartphone) and it also supports the new Active Zone Minutes metric, that rewards you for time spent at higher heart rates.
The Fitbit Luxe is shipping with six months of Fitbit Premium, and that means the Luxe can access all the joys of the Fitbit app – from advanced sleep monitoring, guided workouts and mindfulness including the Deepak Chopra content and manual blood glucose tracking.
The Luxe does come with a top-end price tag: it’s set to cost $149.99 putting it alongside the Charge 4. For those interested in style over GPS, it’s a no brainer.