Fitbit's New Ionic Smartwatch Is Here

Fitbit's Purepulse heart rate sensor stores heart rate data at 1 second intervals during exercise tracking and at 5 second intervals all other times.

The Ionic features a battery life of four days or more, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility. And because you'll need a pair of Bluetooth headphones to listen to all those songs, Fitbit has also introduced Flyer, a set of wireless earbuds that can connect to two devices at the same time (like Ionic and your phone). We'll let you know if we have some more information to report, until then, if you happen to receive some information about it, let us know in the comments down below.

The Fitbit Ionic will have access to Fitbit's app store, and while we're expecting it to be a lot less packed than what's offered on both Android Wear and Tizen OS for Samsung's Gear smartwatches, Fitbit says that it's already partnered with the likes of Strava, Starbucks, and Pandora. If you use Global Positioning System and/or listen to music, though, that battery life can be expected to drop to just 10 hours.

Fitbit, which has dominated the fitness band market for the past decade, is finally entering the smartwatch market with a $299/£299 Fitbit Ionic. With the Ionic, Fibit is launching a competitor service called Fitbit Pay, which is the result of its May 2016 acquisition of mobile payments startup Coin.

Inside the Ionic app, users can customize notifications sent to their wrist, including text messages, calendar reminders and weather updates.

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The only issue? That playback is done via MP3s from 2.5GB of internal storage rather than a streaming service such as Spotify or Apple Music. When developers want to deliver their apps to a broader audience, Fitbit says its certification process will be quick.

Ionic will be available for pre-sale from Monday on Fitbit's website and at some online retailers from Tuesday, the company said in a statement. Only a handful of apps will be available at launch, but Fitbit will soon be opening up an software development kit so developers can tap into Ionic's sensors to build apps and watch faces just like they on watchOS and Android Wear. Notably, all apps available for Ionic will be free once the app gallery (Fitbit's version of a store) launches. Apps can be shared privately, or submitted to Fitbit for addition to its App Gallery. In fact, one of the biggest draws of these headphones for Ionic users will likely be the fact that they can be connected directly to the smartwatch itself, with no phone necessary.

The Ionic is compatible with Fitbit's new app, Fitbit Coach, which rebrands the current Fitstar Personal Trainer app and combines its popular dynamic video workouts with new Audio Coaching sessions.

Compared to most Fitbit devices, Ionic's standout feature is its full-colour capacitive touchscreen display. The standard straps and sport straps are fastened with a buckle and a pin at the end of the strap that is secured into one of the remaining holes, while the leather straps also have a buckle fastening but the strap goes through a loop like a standard watch strap for a smarter look.

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