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Fitbit Announces New $200 Smart Wearable 'Blaze' With Touchscreen Display

During CES this year, wearable manufacturer Fitbit is showing off the newest addition to its lineup of fitness-focused devices with the $199.95 "Fitbit Blaze". The new product is the first Fitbit with a full color LCD display that includes a touchscreen for users to interact with various activity tracking features and notifications.

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Similar to the Apple Watch, the Blaze lets users pop out the case and alternate between different bands and styles for a more customized experience. But, in line with the company's other products, the Blaze has an activity and exercise focus with no other third-party apps available on the device.

The wearable will be able to track daily sleep, exercises, steps, and calories burnt, and also includes FitStar workouts that guide users through regimens with step-by-step instructions. All collected data from the Blaze will be able to be shared onto an iOS, Android and Windows Phone device, as the company's previous products have allowed.

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The activity tracker will automatically begin detecting when its wearer is beginning activities like running or playing sports thanks to Fitbit's "SmartTrack" feature, taking some of the hassle out of gathering exercise data for Fitbit customers. The Blaze doesn't have GPS (although it can pull data from a connected smartphone), but includes a heart rate sensor and music controls.

Fitbit says the device will give its users access to the traditional notification settings seen in most smart wearables nowadays, including calls, texts, and calendar alerts on the brand new touchsreen display. The company also promises five days of battery life in total for the Blaze. The new wearable is available in small, large, and extra-large sizing options and, like the Apple Watch, can't be used when swimming.

Those interested can pre-order the Fitbit Blaze for $199.95 in Black, Blue, and Plum. A handful of accessories are also up for pre-order for anyone wishing to add variety to the Blaze, including a $129.95 Metal Links + Frame stainless steel band, $99.95 Leather Band + Frame, and the $29.95 traditional Classic Band in the three previously mentioned colors.



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12 months ago
I love how people on this forum automatically reply "Looks like ****" "worthless" as Apple sheep would. Trust me - you want other companies to succeed to create competition. If Apple doesn't have competition, they won't be pushed to create amazing products.

tl;dr - You want Fitbit and others to succeed.
Rating: 21 Votes
12 months ago

Still looks better than Apple's bong

You really think so?



Rating: 12 Votes
12 months ago

Almost $200 cheaper... you're up Apple.


Did you read the part about how it's focused on fitness and does NOT run any other apps?
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago

That's the ugliest bong I've ever seen!!!

Still looks better than Apple's bong
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago
I'm a big fan of Fitbit products....but this is awful looking.
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago
Apple Watch 1 makes this obsolete, let alone Apple Watch 2 in a few months.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago
It looks very wide, but it may look better in person. I like it, I only use my apple watch for notifications and fitness, it does both and it's cheaper, not to mention the 5 day battery life!
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
The Blackberry Storm of wearables.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
That's the ugliest bong I've ever seen!!!
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
Pre-Ordered. If it's half as good as my FitBit Charge HR has been, I'll be impressed.
Rating: 4 Votes

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