Fitbit launched the original Blaze Fitness watch back in 2016 and then the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch in September 2018. Despite this, people have been asking about the release of the Fitbit Blaze 2. I have a personal view on this and part of this is based on the comments made by Fitbit’s CEO, when he hinted at more smartwatches coming in 2018 and this could be the Fitbit Blaze 2 or Fitbit creating a mini version of the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch.
So what is this theory based on?
The Fitness wearable sector is moving at a fast pace with users wanting more and better smart features. The Apple Watch is currently leading the way in smartwatches with others like Samsung with the Gear Sport quickly catching up. The popularity of these types of watches has created a segment of users that want a fitness watch, but want with smart features that go beyond simple call and text alerts and this is why I think fitness manufactures will increase the smart features in the high range watches loaded with smart connectivity, apps and third-party support like the Ionic Smartwatch.
Third-party app support is key and Apple has this nailed and Fitbit need to increase the number of third-party app developers and the only way to do this and keep the current top named developers is to sell more smartwatches and this means increasing the smartwatch product line
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Fitbit Blaze 2 rumour details
• What is it? Its Fitbit’s new fitness tracker, the Fitbit Blaze 2
• When is it out? Leaks suggest late 2018, but maybe even sooner
• What will it cost? Fitbit Blaze 2 will be priced around £199.99/$249.99
Must read review: Fitbit Ionic Review
Fitbit Blaze 2 release date
Fitbit released the Fitbit Blaze back in 2016 and then only just released the Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch, so I suspect we will not see a Fitbit Blaze 2 released in 2017, but a 2018 release. But Like I have said above I think we will see a whole line of Fitness smartwatches being launched with the Fitbit Blaze 2 being updated.
Essential reading: Garmin Vivosport Review
Fitbit Blaze 2 price
The Fitbit Blaze is priced currently at £199/$259 and I expect the Fitbit Blaze 2 to be priced at the same price. Given the Fitbit Ionic is priced at £299/$299 then keeping the same price and loading it with some of the features of the Ionic would be a great addition to the Fitbit fitness wearable line and give consumers great choice.
Fitbit Blaze 2 design
Fitbit has not formally announced the Fitbit Blaze 2 release date yet, but based on my predictions and hints from the Fitbit CEO James Park, I suspect the Fitbit Blaze 2 will look very similar to the Fitbit Ionic and it will just be a mini version inline with my view that we will see more Fitbit Smartwatches and one this being released will be the Fitbit Blaze mini
Fitbit Blaze 2 feature predictions
The Current Fitbit Blaze has a number of great fitness features, but the lack of swim tracking because of no waterproof protection and no built-in GPS leaves it in the cold given the Fitbit Ionic fitness smartwatch was released with these important features.
So here is my rundown of features I would like to see in the Fitbit Blaze 2
Swim tracking to the Fitbit Blaze 2 would be a welcome feature as this is one of the chief complaints of the current Fitbit Blaze having no swim tracking and lacking waterproof protection. Now Fitbit has included swim tracking to the Fitbit Ionic, I can see this being a key feature of the Fitbit Blaze 2 when it’s released.
GPS on the Fitbit Blaze worked by linking up to your phone, requiring you to carry your smartphone with you, so it was quite limited. I would like to see Fitbit to include GPS into the Blaze 2, to make it a more effective device for those who want to take it out running without a smartphone in their pocket.
Third-party app support
Just like Fitbit have promised third-party app support with the Fitbit Ionic, then if my prediction is right about Fitbit to have multiple lines of smartwatch fitness trackers then I can see the Blaze 2 have third-party app support.
Garmin introduced strength tracking to the Vivosmart 3 and then the Vivoactive 3 and this is something that the Fitbit series lacks and I was surprised when Fitbit didn’t include strength tracking with the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch. So with the Blaze 2 sometime away with a release in 2018, I am hoping that Fitbit includes strength tracking with the Fitbit Blaze 2.
So that is my feature wish list for the Fitbit Blaze 2, let me know in the comments below what you would like to see included
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.
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