Fitbit Charge 4 gets Global Positioning System, better sleep tracking for just $149

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

It's likely that the Fitbit Charge 4 was already on the roadmap when Google announced plans to acquire the company five months ago - so it's unclear what, if any, impact Google may have had on the new activity tracker.

There's also a Fitbit Charge 4 Special Edition priced at $169.95 / £149.99 / AU$269.95, which comes with both a granite reflective/black band, and a classic black band so you can choose between different looks.

Active Zone Minutes: With the Charge 4, Fitbit is introducing a new fitness metric something called Active Zone minutes.

On the hard specs front, there's a three-axis accelerometer, altimeter, an optical heart rate monitor, an SpO2 monitor, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC for Fitbit Pay. The device is the latest in Fitbit's most popular line, one of the few dedicated activity trackers left standing after most other companies in the space have either shut down (Jawbone, etc.) or pivoted completely to smartwatches.

Spotify support has been added for the first time on a Fitbit tracker (rather than a Fitbit smartwatch - though there isn't a whole lot of difference any more).

Another new feature for the Fitbit Charge 4 is Active Zone Minutes - a measurement that factors in your resting heart rate and age, and monitors any kinds of workout that raises your heart rate.

The Fitbit Charge 4 costs $150 and is available now for preorder.

In a way, the debut of the Fitbit Charge 4 comes at a ideal time for the company looking to gain some spotlight in the fitness tracker market as it continues to await the closure of Google's acquisition.

Although it's not activated at launch, a future update to the Fitbit Charge 4 will add the smart wake feature now only found on the company's fully-fledged smartwatches.

It's a concept similar to Intensity Minutes in Garmin Connect, and is based on recommendations from the World Health Organization and the NHS. There's an integration with Spotify (for Spotify Premium subscribers) to play out music and podcasts right from the tracker though volume control isn't available. While you'll still need your phone -sorry, no onboard music storage - this should make it easier for you to skip tracks and change playlists.

Fitbit is also expanding its Premium program with 40 new pieces of free content, and is hoping to attract new users with a 90-day free trial.

But for the most part this is a device for tracking your movement while walking, running, swimming, cycling, or performing around 20 other types of exercise.

Fitbit will launch a new feature with the Charge 4 to finally march beyond the standard 10,000 daily steps guidance wearable companies have been touting since the first devices hit the market. Fitbit says it will ship in about two weeks.

Fitbit says the Charge 4 should offer up to 7 days of battery life under normal conditions, but that drops down to 5 hours if you're using Global Positioning System continuously, so you may need to charge it more often if you want to take advantage of that feature.

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