By Matt Evans
Fitbit has just announced Fitbit Luxe, an all-new fitness tracker which incorporates some of the top features from Fitbit Sense into a design inspired by jewellery pieces. It's definitely going to give even the best fitness tracker a run for its money, and might even make it onto our best Fitbit list.
Priced at $149.99 in the US and £129.99 in the UK (and available to pre-order today), the Fitbit Luxe boasts up to five days of battery life. Designed "for those who want a stylish tracker which is versatile to wear for all occasions", it's the thinnest fitness tracker in any of Fitbit's range to date, which is said to help with overnight comfort.
It's big on wellness, with some of the Fitbit Sense's top-flight features such as the Stress Management score scaled down to the tracker for the first time. Guided meditation sessions can also be accessed through the Fitbit app, including programmes from Deepak Chopra for those on Fitbit Premium.
Sleep is also a major consideration, with a rounded, comfortable design and featuring Fitbit's Sleep Score feature. If you've got Fitbit Premium, the tracker will monitor your restlessness overnight and provide deeper historic analysis of your sleep patterns.
Regular users will still get the Sleep Score functionality, but it won't quite be as in-depth. Smart wake technology gently nudges you awake via sensations on your wrist at an optimum time in your sleep patterns, rather than using alarms.
The Fitbit Luxe will measure changes in breathing rate, heart rate, and eventually, in a future update, skin temperature. These are all indicators that you may be showing signs of stress or fatigue, so Fitbit can offer you suggestions to improve your well-being. Luxe offers a seven-day review of your historic metrics as standard, while Fitbit Premium offers a look at your metrics over 30 days or even a year.
Luxe offers 20 different kinds of activity tracking, including golf, swimming oand tennis. Smart Track automatically recognises and records workouts, so you can start running and the Luxe will automatically go into tracking mode, and the Active Zone Minutes feature on Sense has been incorporated into the tracker too. It's definitely a hub of top-flight fitness features, and could be on course to be Fitbit's best one yet. A six-month trial of Fitbit Premium is included in the price.
In terms of design, the tracker is housed in a metal stainless steel case in three colours: soft gold, platinum and graphite. Inspired by pieces of jewellery such as bracelets and charms, Fitbit Luxe comes with a silicone strap as standard, or you can opt for something flashier, such as metal bracelets and woven bands to switch things up. A collaboration with jewellery brand gorjana is also available for premium options, such as bracelet bands and waterproof options for swimming.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website.
Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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