Fitbit’s new $199 Versa Smartwatch can Last up to Four Days and has a Waterproof Exterior
Fitbit is today extending its wearable lineup with a new, more affordable smartwatch — the Fitbit Versa. The Fitbit Versa (short for “Versatile”) comes with nearly all the features its bigger sibling, Ionic has but costs only $199. The biggest highlight here is the redesigned look which gets rid of the hard-edged build of the Ionic and opts for a more rounded, square frame which seems reminiscent of the Pebble Time.
Before talking about what Versa has, let’s take a look at what it doesn’t. The Fitbit Versa is not meant for buyers wanting to ditch their smartphone while running or engaging in some other workout session. This is primarily due to the absence of both built-in GPS and LTE compatibility. Apart from that, however, Fitbit is offering all the major features on Versa.
For starters, it sports a heart rate monitor and is waterproof so that you can track your swims as well. One downside of buying the Versa instead of the Ionic is that it theoretically lasts one day lesser (4 days vs 5 days). The Versa runs on Fitbit OS and comes preloaded with Fitbit Coach, which offers a handful of guided exercise routines and automatically time them as you train. In addition to that, you can even store around 300 songs.
There’s a 1.34-inch screen which should be bright enough at 1,000 nits. At 11.2mm thick, Fitbit says “it’s the lightest all-metal smartwatch you’ll find in the US.” Inside, it has a 145mAh battery, NFC, and 4GB of internal storage, of which you’ve access to only 2.5GB. Fitbit has not revealed the memory or processor details yet.
The Fitbit Versa will be available starting from April in the United States for a price of $199. Along with the Versa, Fitbit also introduced a fitness band called “Ace” which is targetted at kids of age 8 and older. It seems essentially like a rebranded Fitbit Alta and lets parents track their children’s activities, health, what have you. It costs almost $100 and will ship in Q2 this year.
Fitbit Versa India Pricing
The Fitbit Versa will be coming to India sometime in Q2 and will retail at a price of Rs 19,999 for the black (+black aluminium case) and gray (+silver aluminium case) color options. It will be available across both offline as well as online channels including Reliance Digital, Croma, Helios, Amazon, Flipkart, and more. The peach variant which also comes with a rose gold aluminum case will cost you Rs 21,999. Additional bands and accessories will range from Rs 2,499 to Rs 8,999.