Fitbit Announces Surprisingly Cheap Versa Lite Edition Smartwatch
Fitbit is always looking to make some changes to its fitness tracking and smartwatch lineup, and the company has just announced a surprisingly cheap smartwatch called the Versa Lite Edition, which will sell for only $160.
Along with the Versa Lite, the company announced new versions of the Inspire and Inspire HR, which will sell for $70 and $100 respectively. The company also revealed the kid-friendly Ace 2 that’ll go for only $70.
Fitbit Versa Lite Edition
The most exciting device announced by Fitbit today is definitely the Versa Lite, as there aren’t many smartwatches from major companies available for only $130.
While it’s called the Versa Lite, it’s actually the exact same size as the original Versa. The Lite name comes from some of the features that are missing compared to the original. However, the features it is missing are Wi-Fi, NFC, music playback, or swim laps/floor counts, which shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for most users.
The only real hardware change is the missing volume buttons on the right side of the watch because of the lack of music playback.
Here are some of the key features the Versa Lite Edition retains from its more expensive sibling:
- 24/7 heart rate and sleep tracking
- 15+ exercise modes
- Smartphone notification and apps
- 4+ day battery life
Fitbit Inspire, Inspire HR, and Ace 2
Outside of the exciting smartwatch, Fitbit announced updates to its line of budget fitness trackers. Replacing the Alta is the Inspire and Inspire HR. Fitbit also announced that it is getting rid of the Zip and Flex 2 devices from its product lineup.
Starting with the Inspire fitness trackers, they’re on the cheaper side for the company, but they have all the standard features including a touchscreen and heart rate monitoring on the Inspire HR model. As mentioned, the Inspire will sell for $70 and the Inspire HR will sell for $100, which is quite a solid price point for a fitness tracker with a screen. Both are scheduled to release at some point in March.
As for the Ace 2, it’ll ship in the summer, and it’ll be on the same platform as the Inspire, so kids can actually upgrade the software to turn it into an “adult” fitness tracker when they’re ready. Like the Inspire, it’ll be available for $70.
While these new devices are exciting, we still believe that the Apple Watch is the king of smartwatches. Here’s why .