Sense 2 renders showing Google Wallet and the new Tile interface

Fitbit announces Sense 2, Versa 4 and Inspire 3

After several leaks and not-so-subtle teasers yesterday, Fitbit has officially announced what we all know is coming: the Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3. While Fitbit is rolling out new software alongside the new hardware, this update is more about incremental improvements and refinements to what you already know than launching anything revolutionary. Oh yes, the Sense 2 and Versa 4 have physical buttons!

Both the $299.95 Sense 2 and the $229.95 Versa 4 have subtle design tweaks. For starters, both are thinner and lighter. The buttons on both devices are also positioned higher up, as is the area where the straps are attached. Meanwhile, the Sense 2 uses “vaporization electrodes” to integrate its health sensor into the device’s display. However, this doesn’t really change the way users interact with the device. It’s more of an engineering feat to cram everything into a sleek, thin package.

New Tile interface on Sense 2. Google Wallet will also appear in Fitbit, along with turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps.
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Speaking of sensors, the Sense 2 adds a new continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) sensor to track stress throughout the day. Fitbit introduced stress tracking with Sense in 2020, but it’s more of a spot-check measurement. New sensors enable continuous, all-day stress tracking, alerting you when your stress levels get too high. It then recommends things like emotional notes, guided breathing, and mindfulness classes. Fitbit also says you can customize when you get alerts, so you can opt out of them if you have an important presentation, for example.

In terms of software updates, Fitbit is introducing some new sport modes, bringing the total to 40. These include options such as HIIT, weightlifting, and dance. While this isn’t an entirely new feature, Fitbit Premium users can access animal-based sleep profiles to help users better understand their sleep patterns. (Sense 2 and Versa 4 users will also get an exclusive clock face featuring their sleeping animal.) Similar to Samsung’s sleep coaching feature on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 series, it also assigns users an animal-based profile to help them sleep better. Fitbit also recently received FDA clearance for passive heart rhythm monitoring in atrial fibrillation, which will also be available on the Sense 2.

Fitbit Versa render showing clock face

The Versa 4 now has a physical button.
Image: Fitbit

During the demo, Fitbit also showed off an updated interface with Tiles that looked a lot like those you’d see in Wear OS 3. The company also said turn-by-turn navigation for Google Maps and Google Wallet is also “coming soon,” although it declined to give an exact timeline. That’s not surprising considering Google’s recent launch of wearables, but code suggesting Google Wallet is making its way to the Sense 2 and Versa 4 was also spotted last week.

The $99.95 Inspire 3 also received some major updates. Mainly, Fitbit ditched the monochrome LED for a color OLED display and added a SpO2 sensor. Despite the move to a more power-hungry display, Fitbit says the Inspire 3’s battery life will remain at 10 days. According to Fitbit spokesperson Jonathan Moll, this does drop to three days if you enable always-on display (AOD). (The Sense 2 and Versa 4 are estimated to have six days without AOD and three days.)

Fitbit Inspire 3 is surrounded by a variety of colored straps to choose from

The Inspire 3 features a color OLED screen and SpO2 sensor, but retains the touch-sensitive buttons. You can also opt for a clip instead of a strap.
Image: Fitbit

We’ll reserve judgment until we see how the Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3 fared during testing. On paper, this seems like a fairly iterative update, especially compared to when Fitbit launched the Sense, Versa 3, and Inspire 2 back in 2020. Considering the then-Google-Fitbit merger was still in the works, the company was struggling to sell its products. This time around, it’s hard to say what role these fitness-first gadgets will play in Fitbit’s future. Not only do we expect to see a Pixel Watch this fall, but there should also be a new Fitbit integration. While we don’t see a hideout or hair on the premium Wear OS Fitbit watch, CEO James Parker promises it’s on the way, too.

All three devices are available for pre-order starting today, with a six-month trial of Fitbit Premium. While inflationary price hikes are already starting to hit consumer tech, Fitbit said the three devices will be priced in line with their predecessors. The Sense 2 retails for $299.95, the Versa 4 retails for $229.95, and the Inspire 3 retails for $99.95.

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