Fitbit announces Charge 3 fitness tracker, coming this October for $150

Fitbit's been hitting the smartwatch market pretty hard over the past few months with its Ionic and Versa, and following those two wearables, the company's now going back to revive one of its most popular fitness tracker series with the all-new Fitbit Charge 3.

The Charge 3 is an evolution of the Charge 2 that came out before it, and while it has the same general form factor as its predecessor, Fitbit spent a lot of time making sure that the Charge 3 is a more comfortable and stylish tracker. Aerospace aluminum was used for the Charge 3's case while Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers its display, and speaking of that display, the one on the Charge 3 is a gray-scale OLED panel that's 40% brighter and sharper than the screen on the Charge 2.

There's also a lot more you can do on the display. The dashboard from the Ionic and Versa is now on the Charge 3, too, allowing you to quickly see your steps, calories-burned, most recent exercises, heart-rate, and your current cycle if you're using Fitbit's female health tracking tools.

On the non-fitness side of things, the Charge 3 can also showcase all notifications you receive from your phone, supports apps such as Uber, Facebook, etc., and can make contactless NFC payments using Fitbit Pay if you pick up the Special Edition version of it.

Other highlights of the Charge 3 include up to 7 days of battery life, over 15 goal-based exercise routines you can follow, water resistance up to 50M, a new Swim Mode that allows for better tracking while in the water, and more. Along with the Charge 3, Fitbit's also launching a new platform called Sleep Score that aims to provide better insights on data tracked while you're sleeping.

If you're interested, the Charge 3 is up for pre-order today and will be released at some point this October. Pricing starts at $149.95 for the base model and goes up to $169.95 for the Special Edition.

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Joe Maring
  • Oh, notifications for everything. I really miss that from my Pebble. Also Fitbit Pay, but that doesn't really matter to me until my bank gets on board. I love the idea of not having to pull out my wallet or even my phone, though.
  • I thought this iteration was going to have a touch screen
  • As-per the FitBit page, it does.
  • Weird they don't mention it in this article unless I missed it
  • This looks like it may be a good replacement for my MS Band.
  • still upset fitbit essentially killed the vector line after buying them. they had the best battery life
  • Waterproofing...nice add.