If you're on the lookout for a new fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 5 might just be the one for you. With a new 1.04-inch colour AMOLED touchscreen display, the gadget definitely beats its predecessor, which has a grayscale OLED touchscreen.
Just like the Charge 4, the Charge 5 can run for as long as seven days. Fitbit's latest gadget has plenty of features found on the older model such as built-in GPS, 20 exercise modes and automatic exercise recognition support for activities like swimming, running and more.
The Charge 5 is the company's first tracker that has an always-on display option, providing users with even more convenience when they're checking out stats on the wearable. With the screen able to get twice as bright as the one on the Charge 4, it's easier than ever to be able to see what's on the display even if it's a sunny day.
Other additions are the EDA and ECG sensors. EDA sensors can measure your body's response to stress by tracking changes in your fingers' sweat glands. Fitbit initially launched this technology on the Fitbit Sense in August 2020. The company discovered that this tool can reduce stress as 70% of users lowered their heart rate during a two-minute EDA Scan session.
By using the Fitbit app on your iPhone or Android phone, you can view your Stress Management Score. This lets you understand how you respond to stress and how best to manage it. The Stress Management Score is based on your responsiveness, exertion balance and sleep patterns. Only Fitbit Premium users can see a breakdown of their scores.
The Charge 5 can not only help you manage your stress levels but also monitor your heart health with its 24/7 heart rate tracking, notifying you when yours is higher or lower than usual. With the ECG app being introduced to the device soon, users will be able to assess their heart for atrial fibrillation — a heart rhythm condition — and share the findings with a doctor.
The Charge 5 includes six months of access to Fitbit Premium as well. This opens up more detailed insights on stats, over 500 workouts and exclusive mindfulness and nutritional content. On top of that, Fitbit Premium has a new Daily Readiness feature that will be introduced to Charge 5, Sense, Versa 2 and 3, Luxe and Inspire 2 devices.
With the function, you will receive a score based on your fitness fatigue, heart rate variability and recent sleep. A score analysis will also be provided to help you take care of yourself.
The Charge 5 will go on sale for S$288 starting 4 October 2021. You can pre-order the wearable at Fitbit's website, where you can choose from three colour and material variations: Black / Graphite Stainless Steel, Lunar White / Soft Gold Stainless Steel and Steel Blue / Platinum Stainless Steel.
The device will be available online at Amazon, Lazada and Shopee, with physical availability at major retailers like Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, E-Gadget, Gain City and Harvey Norman.
Fitbit also announced that Will Smith is its newest ambassador. The actor joined forces with the company to create exclusive content for Fitbit Premium and the YouTube Originals docuseries called "Best Shape of My Life" coming out in Fall 2021.
Written by Sophia Lopez
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