The Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 are likely to make an appearance at next month’s IFA event in Berlin..
The original Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Flex are two of the best-selling fitness trackers, the Garmin Vivofits are in the mix as well. Courtesy of Technobuffalo we now know what the second-generation models will look like.
Fitbit Charge 2
The Fitbit Charge 2 looks a bit like a large Fitbit Alta and has lost the angled shape that historically made Fitbits thicker on one side. It also has beveled edges and a larger screen than the original, not sure if it’s a touchscreen. It looks like the button on the side is used to navigate your stats like the original.
Below is the new Fitbit Charge 2 (left) next to the original Charge HR
The textured rubber looks like it hasn’t changed much, and like the original, it looks like an all-in-one unit which means the straps can’t be changed.
Fitbit have dropped the “HR” from the title of their heart rate-enabled Charge, but as the leaked image clearly shows the device taking a heart rate measurement at 76 BPM, it’s safe to assume it features a PurePulse heart rate monitor.
Fitbit Flex 2
The Fitbit Flex 2 has also lost the angled design of its predecessor, and the rubber strap has got itself a new texture. Fitbit have maintained the simplicity of the “strap and tap” control, which means you navigate your stats simply by tapping the top of the band.
Below is the Fitbit Flex 2 (left) pictured next to the original Flex.
It doesn’t have a screen, instead a five LED display shows your progress upon tapping like the original Flex, although the LEDs have been shifted 90 degrees.
The original Flex is modular, which means the tracking module can be popped out of the strap and worn with different accessories, such as the Tory Burch collection. It’s difficult to tell whether the Flex 2 offers the same modular versatility.
At last Fitbit have made a waterproof fitness tracker! The Flex 2 is apparently waterproof enough to take for a swim, and hopefully it serves some purpose in the pool – it’ll probably just track your calories burned. The Flex is Fitbit’s low-cost tracker, so don’t expect a built-in heart rate monitor.
In terms of looks, I prefer the original Flex, but the new Charge 2 looks better than the original.
No price or release date has emerged with the leaked images, but the money is on both wearables being available before the end of 2016.