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Fitbit Charge 4™

Fitbit Charge 4 Keeps the Design and Adds Features

Concerns over Google’s announced intention to purchase Fitbit may be a bit unfounded. The new Fitbit Charge 4 is ready to go, and it looks exactly like its predecessors—at least on the outside. Inside, the new Fitbit is more powerful and it features new functionality.

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Fitbit Charge 4™ side view

The Charge 4 looks like a reissue of the Charge 3, which for many is a welcome sight. The addition of a built-in GPS, Spotify control, and features from other Fitbit watches like Fitbit Pay, app notifications, smart wake, and a SpO2 sensor are also welcome. The SpO2 sensor monitors your blood oxygen levels, which can give you an indication of how well your internal organs are functioning. The built-in GPS means that you won’t have to take your phone along with you when you go for a ride, hike, or run. Data from your workout will automatically record to the app, so you’ll have access to it when you need it.

Fitbit Charge 4™ strap

The new features come standard on the Charge 4, which you can pick up for $149. You can spring for the SE addition with an additional $20 and add a reflective band to your Charge 4. Seeing as how it has the same dimensions as previous models, you can use bands from previous models as well. The Charge 4 is available in mauve, blue, and black. It comes with an impressive battery life of up to seven days, or up to five hours with continuous GPS use.

Fitbit Charge 4™ back view

New to Fitbit with the Charge 4 is also its new fitness metric called Active Zone Minutes. This new metric automatically recognizes when your heart rate is kept at a sustained, heightened level, and will count those minutes as “active.” The vision behind this new feature is to get people to be active for at least 30 minutes a day. The score is calculated based on your height, weight, and fitness level.

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