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Well, that didn’t take long. It was only a couple of days back that we… basically told you everything you needed to know about the Fitbit Charge 5, and the company has already confirmed all the previously unofficial information on its latest wearable device.
The most advanced activity tracker ever?
Fitbit Charge 5 display, design, and availability
As impressive as it is to see a $180 tracker promise to do things that were only possible at $400 and up just a couple of years ago, there’s actually another important upgrade likely to be noticed even easier by long-time fans and owners of Charge-series devices.
That’s because the display is probably the first thing most people look at (both literally and figuratively) when shopping for a new gadget, and for the first time in the history of the Fitbit Charge family, the display’s got color going for it.
While Google and Fitbit are awfully quiet about the actual specs of this first-of-its-kind AMOLED touchscreen, the brightness improvement over the Charge 4’s grayscale panel should be substantial, not to mention that there’s finally an Always-On option… for folks unconcerned about power consumption.
Speaking of, the Fitbit Charge 5 is remarkably billed as capable of keeping the lights on for up to seven days between charges, although you may have to make a few more compromises than ever before to squeeze the same endurance times as from the Charge 4.
The last striking thing of the Charge 5 is, well, its general appearance, which includes smoother curves and a 10 percent thinner profile than its predecessor in addition to the aforementioned color display and a wide range of optional bands made from silicone, nylon, and leather complementing the graphite, soft gold, and platinum stainless steel cases available in combination with black, lunar white, and steel blue straps respectively as standard.
Up for pre-order today in all three of those flavors, the $179.95 Fitbit Charge 5 includes a six-month Premium membership, with “worldwide availability” vaguely slated for “this fall” although the brand’s official US website does list “late September” as an ETA for early adopters.