Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Fitbit's Versa Lite has (almost) all the features at a lower price

Fitbit's Versa Lite has (almost) all the features at a lower price

Unlike the Versa Lite and the two Inspire fitness trackers that were also announced today, the Ace 2 won't be here until summer 2019.

Fitbit is claiming the Versa Lite Edition will last for four days from a single charge, but you'll want to bear in mind that will change depending on how much you're using it.

"Bringing more users to the wearables category and growing our community of active users is a critical part of our strategy", Park says. Fitbit will continue to test and iterate on Rewards and other software experiences in advance of launching a paid premium service offering later in the year.

As the names suggest, the main difference is a heart rate monitor integrated into the pricier model, enabling 24/7 tracking of that crucial health parameter, as well as other neat features like cardio fitness scores, real-time pace & distance (with the help of your phone's Global Positioning System chip), sleep stages, guided breathing sessions, and various goal-based exercise modes.

The new affordable smart watch features a simple one-button, lightweight, swim proof design.

All four devices can be paired with a very wide range of accessories and availability includes a number of markets like North America - via Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl's, Target, and Walmart, as well as in Europe and the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Singapore.

Fitbit declares the Fitbit Inspire HR is its most affordable and stylish 24/7 heart rate tracker, and for newbies to wearables, it recommends the Fitbit Inspire.

Fitbit introduces new Inspire ($70) and Inspire HR ($100), Versa Lite ($160), and Ace 2 for kids ($70)
Fitbit announces four new wearables including Versa Lite Edition

The Ace 2 is also swimproof up to 50 meters, so you kid can splash around without worry.

Alongside the Fitbit Versa, the company also launched its first fitness band for kids called as Fitbit Ace.

If you've used the Fitbit Versa, you'll know a lot of the design that's on offer here.

The updated Ace 2 takes the same kid-friendly approach to activity tracking as the original and improves on it in both design and features. When an app fully downloads, the user receives a notification about the completed download. It comes with animated clock faces and motivating challenges to keep kids moving. The company also announced to redesign the UI of its app to offer a more personalized dashboard for a better understanding of users health and fitness data.

The price is where this gets interesting with it only costing $159.95 / £149.99 / AU$249.95, compared to the standard Fitbit Versa's selling price of $199.95 / £199.99 / AU$299.95. It seemed clear and bright in our testing time, but Fitbit's screen tech has never seemed as vibrant as the Apple Watch 4 or some Wear OS devices.

Between all of this, there's a new-look Fitbit app with a beta testing of a rewards system that can end up with users getting discounts and perks from partners like Blue Apron.

As previously leaked, the new Versa Lite looks nearly exactly like the regular Versa.

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