Fitbit Charge 6

Fitbit Charge 6 Adds New Machine Learning, More Accurate HR Tracking

Fitbit is introducing the latest in its line-up, the Fitbit Charge 6, which the company says includes advanced health sensors combined with a new machine learning algorithm. It also features the most accurate heart rate tracking on a Fitbit to date.

The Fitbit Charge 6, which can connect to compatible gym equipment and fitness apps to provide real-time heart rate analysis during workouts, also has a new haptic side button. Offering up to seven days of battery life per charge, you can also do things like control YouTube and use Google Maps and Wallet, making the fitness tracker designed device function more like a feature-rich smartwatch.

Successor to the Fitbit Charge 5, the improved heart rate tracking brings innovation first seen in the Pixel Watch, now optimized for a tracker. According to Fitbit, heart rate tracking during vigorous activities like HIIT workings, spinning, and rowing, is up to 60% more accurate than before. The improved heart rate tracking in turn results in more accurate readings for everything from calorie burns to Active Zone Minutes, Daily Readiness Score (with a Fitbit Premium subscription) and Sleep Score. You can still assess your heart rhythm for atrial fibrillation on-wrist with the ECG app, and get high and low heart rate notifications.

Fitbit Charge 6

When working out at the gym or with home gym equipment, you can also connect the Charge 6 to compatible exercise machines (as well as apps) via Bluetooth. This includes partners like NordicTrack, Peloton, Concept2, and Tonal. This provides real-time heart rate details live during the workout. You can also connect to see your real-time heart rate within popular Android and iOS phone or tablet fitness apps such as Peloton. 

Choose from more than 40 exercise modes, including 20 new options like skiing, snowboarding, and surfing. With built-in GPS, you can also track your distance and routes while walking, running, or cycling outdoors without having your phone with you.

With YouTube Music controls on Charge 6, you can start, stop, and skip over 100 million songs right from your wrist. If you subscribe to YouTube Music Premium, you’ll get recommended workout mixes based on your exercise.

For the first time, a Fitbit smartwatch will include Google Maps and Google Wallet so you can navigate on the go with turn-by-turn directions and make contactless payments from your wrist.

Charge 6 also features the first Accessibility feature on a Fitbit device with Zoom + Magnification. With a couple of taps anywhere on the screen, you can magnify on-screen words if it’s difficult to read small text or you prefer a larger font. 

Additionally, you can continue to do activities familiar with other Fitbit devices, like receive a Sleep Score along with detailed sleep analysis; manage stress with an EDA scan and stress management score; access blood oxygen saturation (Sp02), heart rate variability, and breathing rate; and more. The device also comes with a six-month Fitbit Premium trial, which includes access to thousands of workouts, mindfulness sessions, and additional health analysis features, reports, and advice. You also get the Daily Readiness Score with a Fitbit Premium subscription, which advises if your body is ready for an intense workout or if you should take a day off.

The Fitbit Charge 6 is available for pre-order for $159.95 and will be officially in stores and shipping later this Fall. It comes in Obsidian, Porcelain, and Coral, matching the signature Google colours.