Fitbit Charge 3 release date: Fitbit announces successor to the Charge 2

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Considering the Charge 2 is still one of our favorite fitness trackers, we're looking forward to spending more time with the Charge 3. So, maybe this move was to reverse the trends back to fitness tracker a bit.

Fitbit has also held firm on its stance that the Charge line doesn't need built-in Global Positioning System, with the Charge 3 needing to connect to your phone to get accurate route tracking (and therefore distance and pace stats) when running or cycling.

Fitbit on Monday announced the third generation of its very popular Charge lineup of fitness trackers - the Charge 3.

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Other than fitness tracking, the fitness band also serves and acts like a smartwatch.

Charge 3 will be available for $229.95 from November 2018. "Charge 3 gives existing users a compelling reason to upgrade, while also allowing us to reach new users who want a sleeker, more affordable wearable in a tracker form factor". Accordingly, the Charge 3 can track laps, distance, and time spent in the pool. The design has had a major overhaul and the Charge 3 is packed with a number of handy new smart features, as well as swim tracking. Fitbit also offers some new bands for the Charge 3, which will range from $29 to $49.

The Charge 3 is on online presale for $149.95 in two colors, with accessories ranging from $29.95-$49.95. There's also no on-device Global Positioning System - you'll only be able to use Global Positioning System when the Charge 3 is connected to your phone.

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At only £130, the Charge 3 might be a decent alternative for anyone that doesn't want to stump up £329 for an Apple Watch.

The Charge 3, which is an upgraded version of the Charge 2, is empowered with improved band swapping mechanics, longer battery life, and enriched OLED touchscreen display not to mention its water resistant capability. The Charge 3 from Fitbit is tagged for U.S. $149.95 price. The addition of a relative SpO2 sensor - a first for a Fitbit tracker - allows for the potential to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels and help track new health indicators, like sleep apnea. It comes with premium swimproof design and is priced at Rs. 14999.

The tracker will be available for preorder, with a black strap and graphite aluminum case or a blue gray strap with a rose gold case, starting on Monday for $150, with deliveries expected in October.

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There are a few features that don't come with the Fitbit Charge 3. At launch the selection will be limited to Fitbit's in-house stuff, and it's all super standard: alarms, weather, timers, and a calendar-you know, the functions, besides fitness tracking, that you'd actually use on a wearable.

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