Fitbit’s newest product is basically a health tracker and a smartwatch combined into one device. Not only does the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch comes with improved tracking technologies, it also allows you to add music, offers longer battery life, and even lets you make payments.
Launched in Singapore on Friday (27 October), the Fitbit Ionic will be available at major retailers, priced at $458 each.
The new smartwatch, which looks similar to the Apple Watch, incorporates a payment system called Fitbit Pay, which can be used at all retailers in Singapore that offer the contactless payment service. Fitbit also introduced a new pair of headphones, called the Fitbit Flyer, retailing at $198 each.
Here are more highlights of the Fitbit Ionic:
1. Makes payments
As mentioned earlier, the Ionic comes with an NFC Chip that allows users to make contactless payments so you won’t have to carry a wallet with you if you’re planning to visit a juice bar after a long run. So long as the retailer offers contactless payment service, you can leave your cash and credit/debit cards at home.
2. Plays music
The smartwatch comes with enough storage for you to store up to 300 songs, to give you that extra bit of motivation when you’re exercising. If you use a music streaming service – like many of us – you’ll need to wait a tad longer for that to happen, though. Fitbit is currently in talks with a major music streaming service in Asia Pacific and we’re guessing the name starts with the letter “S”.
3. Has up to 5 days of battery life
The new Ionic comes with a battery life of up to five days, which will allow you to monitor your fitness or health performance continuously for a week. You won’t have to worry about any disruption since there’s now a lower chance of the device switching off on its own.
4. Lets you stay updated with social media, calls, texts
The Ionic is able to sync with your smartphone – it’s compatible with iOS, Android and Windows – so you can stay updated with your Facebook or Instagram notifications while you’re exercising. You can also access calls, texts and calendar alerts with the smartwatch.
5. Comes with changeable bands
The Ionic comes with stylish changeable bands. For the design-savvy, bands made of genuine leather are also available. You can also change the design themes of the Ionic’s interface to suit your taste or personality.
6. Lets you track how well you slept
You can wear the Ionic to sleep and it will automatically track the amount of time you spend in light, deep and REM sleep, which refers to Rapid Eye Movement Sleep, a phase that normally occurs some time after you’ve fallen asleep. Here is when bedtime dreams normally take place.
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