Fitbit launches Charge 4 activity tracker with built-in GPS

Fitbit has announced the next generation of its popular Charge activity tracker.

The Charge 4 will go on worldwide sale on April 15 and brings in a few new features over the Charge 3, which was launched back in October 2018.

The biggest new feature is on-board GPS, meaning you can accurately map your run or bike ride without having to tether the tracker to a smartphone.

The irony of launching this at a time we’re all confined indoors isn’t lost on us – but it is still permissable to go outside once a day for exercise.

As well as the GPS there’s now something called Active Zone Minutes which uses your heart rate information to better reward activities.

As the company puts it: ‘Active Zone Minutes uses your personalised heart rate zones to track your effort for any energizing activity, whether doing a HIIT workout, power yoga or taking a vigorous walk outside. Earn credit for each minute of moderate activity in fat burn zone and double the credit for vigorous activity in cardio and peak zones – Active Zone Minutes does the maths for you so you can quickly understand how many you need to reach your daily and weekly goals.’

The company says you can get notifications during your workout when you change zones so you can push harder or scale back during a workout as appropriate.

Outwardly, the design of the Charge 4 hasn’t really changed from the previous generation. Which means all the straps and additional chargers users may have accumulated will continue to work.

It still boasts seven days of battery life, sleep tracking and is water resistant so you can take it swimming. When pools eventually re-open of course.

‘Our mission has always been to help people around the world get healthier. In today’s extraordinary times, that mission is more important than ever, but we realize how hard it is to focus on your health and wellness. However, staying active, eating well and getting enough sleep can help reduce stress and boost immunity,’ said James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit.

‘To help support our users, we’re offering a free trial of Fitbit Premium and added content so our users have the right tools at home to help them stay healthy; and, with Active Zone Minutes, we are giving users a new personalised standard for health and fitness so they can get the most out of any activity that works for them and help to keep them motivated.’

The Fitbit Charge 4 is available to pre-order today at £129.99 and comes in a choice of black, rosewood and storm blue/black.

There’s also an exclusive Charge 4 Special Edition that boasts a granite reflective/black woven band plus a classic black band to easily swap out for workouts or a sportier look that costs £149.99.

Fitbit says the Charge 4 will go on worldwide release on April 15.

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