Leaked Fitbit photos show new devices in need of a redesign

Fitbit is reportedly developing a smartwatch and pair of wireless earphones to take on Apple.

IDG

IDG

Fitbit is working on a follow-up to last year’s Blaze fitness watch, and a series of leaked photos show the Apple Watch rival isn’t going to win any design awards.

The watch, which Fitbit has reportedly codenamed “Higgs,” is rumored to have a spec list that can certainly stand up to Apple’s Series 2 watch. According to Yahoo Finance’s unnamed sources, Fitbit’s second-gen Blaze will feature GPS, heart rate-monitoring, NFC payments, on-board music storage, streaming integration with Pandora, and up to four days of battery life for the cool price of $300. That’s cheaper than an Apple Watch Series 2 by $69.

But, at least according to the photos leaked to Yahoo Finance, Fitbit’s upcoming watch looks like a mashup of the Charge 2 fitness tracker with a touch of Apple’s aesthetic. Yahoo’s sources said the smartwatch team has run into design issues with the GPS signal and also making the device waterproof like the Series 2 is. It’s unclear if Fitbit has been able to work out that issue, so the watch may or may not be waterproof when it debuts.

There are also problems on the software front: Fitbit CEO James Park had said Fitbit was planning to launch an app store of its own, but that won’t be ready in time for the device’s launch.

fitbit earphones Yahoo Finance

This photo reportedly shows Fitbit’s new Bluetooth earphones.

The smartwatch isn’t the only product on Fitbit’s slate this year. The company is developing a $150 pair of BeatsX-like Bluetooth earphones to be released at the same time as the smartwatch. The wireless headset will come in two colors, but not much else is known about the device. The leaked photos show a pretty standard pair of Bluetooth earbuds.

Why this matters: Fitbit owns the fitness-tracking market, but it clearly has higher aspirations. The Blaze, its first shot at Apple, had a strange design with a metallic frame that didn’t look as premium as an Apple Watch, but wasn’t much cheaper. It looks like Fitbit refined the design with the second-gen Blaze, but just slightly. An unnamed source told Yahoo that “several employees who saw the design complained about it.”

Fitbit could still knock it out of the park. But design is not the company’s forté, and now that it’s playing in Apple’s field, the differences are more stark than ever.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Fit Tech

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Caitlin McGarry

Macworld.com
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?