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Fitbit Charge 3 – Release date, features, what we know so far?

The Fitbit Charge 2 is Fitbit’s best-selling fitness tracker to date based on their own press releases and rumors are already circling that Fitbit plans to release a Fitbit Charge 3 in 2018.

You’ll find all the rumored Fitbit Charge 3 details below that I know so far, but I have also come up with a list of a few improvements I would like to see.

Fitbit Charge 3 rumour details

  • What is it? Fitbit’s next big headline fitness tracker
  • When is it out? Leaks suggest early 2018, but maybe even sooner
  • What will it cost? Fitbit charge 3 price of around £129.99 ($150, AU$250)

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Fitbit Charge 3 release date

There isn’t much information about the release date for the Fitbit Charge 3, But my early predications suggestion a Mid 2018 release schedule

Fitbit released the Fitbit Charge 2 last year in September and I thought they would launch the Fitbit charge 3 at IFA 2017, but instead, the company revealed the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch.

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Fitbit charge 3 release rumours

Fitbit Charge 3 specs and features

Very little is known about the Fitbit Charge 3 as of yet, but I suspect based on the Fitbit Ionic they will be aiming to improve the Heart rate sensor and maybe putting including GPS tracking this time

I also suspect more fitness features for the Charge 3 along with better integration with Fitstar, which is Fitbit’s fitness coaching premium service

Fitbit Charge 3 price

The Fitbit Charge 2 cost $150 / £129.99 at launch so I suspect the Fitbit Charge 3 tracker to cost around the same amount, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Fitbit alternative: Checkout the Amazfit Stratos review

Improvements over the Fitbit Charge 2

Below are my suggestions and what I suspect Fitbit will include in the new Charge 3 when its released in 2018.

Better data uses

One of the things the Fitbit app struggles with is giving you useful information from the data you’ve collected. Whilst Fitbit has made efforts to improve integration with services like Strava, I would like to see more metrics and data analytics included in the companion app and the website.

With a heart rate sensor, sleep tracking and likely expanded fitness features for the Charge 3 I would want the app to use that data in meaningful ways, giving you further insight into your health and being able to link this to fitness improvements over time

GPS built-in

GPS on the Fitbit Charge 2 worked by linking up to your phone, requiring you to carry your smartphone with you, so it was quite limited and I often speak to people that don’t like taking their mobile device for runs

I would like to see Fitbit to include GPS into the Charge 3, to make it a more effective device for those who want to take it out running without a smartphone in their pocket.

Better workout planning

I would like to see the Fitbit Charge 3 to include workout planning like you have on the Fitbit Ionic and Garmin Vivoactive 3. Consumers have lots of choices as they move further up the wearable price point, but a better workout planning tool would be a welcome edition.

Essential reading: Fitbit Ionic

Strength tracking

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 Charge 3 sometime away a release in 2018, I am hoping that Fitbit includes strength tracking with the Charge 3.

So that is my feature wish list for the Fitbit Charge 3, let me know in the comments below what you would like to see included

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  1. In addition to the foreseen improvements to be done; it has definitely to be waterproof. The bug that causes incompatible distance measurement has to be removed. Built-in GPS would be really fine and finally it should have a proper touch-screen.

  2. It needs to be waterproofed. It is BS that it has taken this long to get to that point. There is nothing stopping them from offering this in the current 2 charge design.


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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 and I like combining this with fitness. My reviews will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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