By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020
Fitbit have announced four new products – Fitbit Versa Lite Edition™, Fitbit Inspire HR™, Fitbit Inspire™ and Fitbit Ace 2™ – designed to help make health and fitness accessible to more consumers across the globe.
Consumers can choose the best device for their own journeys with leading health and fitness features at an affordable price.
Beyond devices, the Fitbit platform offers users engaging software features, access to their holistic data, and connection to one of the largest global health and fitness social networks which helps to drive positive behavior change.
Fitbit will also soon launch a major redesign to the Fitbit app so users can further personalize their dashboard, better understand their data, discover new content and more easily connect with others on Fitbit’s social community.
“Since founding Fitbit almost 12 years ago, we’ve focused on making health fun and achievable for everyone – regardless of fitness level or goals. Today we have a growing, supportive community of more than 27 million active users1 around the world who are getting more active, sleeping better, reducing stress, managing weight and getting healthier from being ‘on Fitbit,’ which is a testament to the power of our platform and our consistent innovation across our devices, software features and mobile app experience,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.
The wearables category continues to evolve and grow, with global shipments of wearable devices forecasted to reach 189 million units by 2022, up from 125 million units in 2018, according to IDC research.
While growth is being driven by smartwatches, trackers are expected to remain an important part of the category overall.
Fitbit believes this rapid growth provides a large opportunity to bring new consumers to the category by offering both smartwatch and tracker form factors that feel more accessible and are affordably priced.
“With our newest products, we’re delivering high-quality, easy-to-use wearables that are more affordable, so getting healthy can be accessible to people of all ages and activity levels – even those who have never tried a wearable,” continues Park. “Bringing more users to the wearables category and growing our community of active users is a critical part of our strategy.
We will continue to build on the Fitbit platform to provide a more personalized and valuable experience for our users through a paid premium service expected to launch later this year.”
Affordable, accessible products fit for everybody
Building on the success of the Fitbit Versa™ family of devices, Fitbit Versa Lite Edition™ is an everyday smartwatch with most of the core fitness and smart features Versa is known for, including automatic activity, PurePulse® 24/7 heart rate and Sleep Stages tracking, 15+ goal-based exercise modes, connected GPS, smartphone notifications,4 apps, 4+ day battery life5 and relative SpO2 sensor, which has the potential to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels and help track new health indicators about health, such as sleep apnea.
It features a simple one-button, lightweight, swimproof6 design in new bold color choices for the young at heart. At $159.95 (USD), Versa Lite Edition is Fitbit’s most affordable smartwatch yet, for users who want an attractive, versatile, and easy-to-use device with core features, actionable insights and personal guidance to motivate them to improve their health.
Fitbit Inspire HR™ is the brand’s most affordable and stylish 24/7 heart rate tracking device at $99.95 (USD). It packs all-day automatic activity, exercise and Sleep Stages tracking, with 15+ goal-based exercise modes, connected GPS, and Relax guided breathing in a stylish, slim design.
For consumers who are new to wearables and want an even lower-cost, easy-to-use tracker, Fitbit Inspire™ is available at $69.95 (USD). It has the essential health and fitness features to help consumers stay motivated, including automatic activity, exercise and sleep tracking, goal celebrations, Reminders to Move and timer and stopwatch apps to help users stay on track.
Both products have a new modern, comfortable and swimproof7 design with a touchscreen display, smartphone notifications,8 and up to 5 days of battery life9 for day to night wear.
Fitbit first introduced Inspire HR and Inspire to enterprise customers in the U.S. during the 2019 health plan open enrollment period through health plans like Humana and employers like Adobe and Domino’s.
Partners including Limeade, Solera Health and Vitality Group have also incorporated Inspire HR and Inspire into their offerings. Besides having broad consumer appeal, Inspire HR and Inspire were designed to meet the specific needs of the healthcare industry that chooses Fitbit because of trust in the brand, leading health and fitness features, design, price and its motivating large global health and fitness social network.
Data and insights from Fitbit devices and software like activity, sleep and heart rate make it easier for people to track progress against their health goals and can provide significant value to health plans and employers focused on improving health among their employee and member populations.
Fitbit Ace 2™ helps kids ages 6+ learn healthy habits at an early age and encourages them to spend more active time with family and friends. Ace 2 has a new swimproof design10 with a bumper to protect the screen during kid-related activities all day long, and is available in fun and bold kid-friendly colors and accessories that include patterned designs.
Ace 2 debuts new animated clock faces,11 motivating challenges to keep kids moving, and colorful avatars and cover photos to personalize their profiles within the Fitbit app. Additionally, parents must create a Fitbit family account in order to set up Ace 2 with their child’s account which helps them stay on top of their kids’ activities.
Innovative app update to motivate and inspire
The Fitbit app will soon receive a major redesign, giving users more ways to personalize their health journey on Fitbit. The new design will make it easier to view and understand their health and fitness stats, log data, discover new content, see their progress in Challenges, and better connect with Fitbit’s large global health and fitness social community.
The update also adds Fitbit Focus, a new section found at the top of the dashboard that delivers relevant insights, messages and tips to keep users engaged, informed and motivated.
“Being ‘on Fitbit’ is about more than just wearing a device. The power is in the platform we’ve built that connects our devices, software, services and engaged community to support people at every step of their journey and help drive positive behavior change,” said Jonah Becker, VP of design at Fitbit.
“We are always looking for ways to enhance that experience, so we redesigned the Fitbit app to give people more ways to tailor it, with easier access to tools and a global community that can help motivate them to reach their goals. This flexible mobile platform will allow us to offer more personalized services in the future, including coaching, guidance and insights based on personal data, making our app more valuable to consumers.”
Fitbit is also launching a Rewards beta program to test new ways to motivate and engage users to reach their health and fitness goals.
Designed to encourage users to achieve and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and incentivize them with meaningful rewards, the beta will allow users to earn points for everyday activities like steps, sleep and active minutes that upon reaching their goals, can be redeemed for discounts on Fitbit products and rewards from partners, including adidas, Blue Apron and Deezer. Fitbit will continue to test and iterate on Rewards and other software experiences in advance of launching a paid premium service offering later in the year.
Additionally, the Fitbit Community Feed is expanding this month to more than 80 new markets in nine languages to users across Asia, Europe and Latin America.
A friendly and welcoming social network that provides support, accountability and motivation from friends and other like-minded individuals, this global expansion of the Fitbit Community will enable more users to fully unlock the value of the Fitbit platform.
Pricing, accessories and availability
A wide range of sport and lifestyle accessories are available to add personal style to all four products for any activity or occasion.
Versa Lite Edition is available for $159.95 (USD) in white, lilac, mulberry and marina blue.12
Versa Lite Edition accessories feature materials including stain-resistant, swim-ready and comfortable classic silicone bands in six new vibrant, fashion-forward colors: marina blue, mulberry, scarlet, sunshine and lilac.
Sport-inspired hybrid woven bands (coming soon) feature eye-catching bold stripes: navy and pink, navy and mulberry, navy and orange, and black and gray.13 All new Versa Lite Edition accessories are compatible with the Versa family of smartwatches, and existing Versa accessories are compatible with Versa Lite Edition, ranging from $29.95-$99.95 (USD) (sold separately).
Inspire HR is available for $99.95 (USD) in black, lilac and two-tone black and white; Inspire is available for $69.95 USD in black and sangria.14 Inspire HR and Inspire accessories are available in classic stain-resistant silicone in black, lilac and white, classic elastomer sangria, and in printed lilac bloom and soft pink deco.
Fashion-forward accessories also include premium Horween® leather including new double-wrapped saffiano bracelets,15 stainless steel metal mesh bracelets16 and a clip option available only for Inspire; ranging from $19.95-$69.95 (USD) (sold separately).
Ace 2 will be available in stores and online beginning summer 2019 for $69.95 (USD) in watermelon with teal clasp or night sky with neon yellow clasp. Ace 2 accessories come in classic silicone bands in bold energetic and kid-friendly colors: grape, night sky and neon yellow, and watermelon and teal, as well as playful printed bands featuring motivational messages and active graphics designed for kids (black and white “go!” and two-toned teal “jazz”); prices range from $24.95-$29.95 (USD) (sold separately).17
Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, Inspire HR and Inspire devices will be available in stores and online in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa starting in March 2019 (see Table 1 for international product pricing). These products will be available in stores and online at North American retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Target and Walmart.