Just not too long ago, we reviewed the Fitbit Ionic. It was a good attempt at creating a smartwatch instead of just a fitness band that Fitbit specialises in. Aside from smartwatches and fitness bands, Fitbit currently also has wireless earbuds and smart scales in their repertoire as well.
For today’s event, Fitbit even brought in Dr. Sumitra and Joanna Soh to talk about their experiences with the Fitbit Versa. While Dr. Sumitra talked about the important of knowing one’s period cycle, Joanna talked about the benefits of using the Versa in her daily life. Then, we were introduced to the brand-new smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa. The Versa is a lightweight version of the Ionic, while sharing most of the important features of the smartwatch. To connect to the Versa, all you need is to download the Fitbit app from your app store and just follow the instructions and you are connected.
The Versa is also equipped with on-screen workouts that can be personalised to your liking. Think of it as a coach on your smartwatch. It utilises connected GPS (with your phone) to accurately track your hikes and runs. There are currently more than 15 exercise modes on the smartwatch that will show you real-time stats while you are working out, and when you are done working out, it will give you a summary of what you’ve done. With SmartTrack as well, it will automatically detect and record what workout you are in, be it running or swimming.
With Heart Rate Tracking, you can better navigate your heart rate and check if it is beating normally when you are resting or when you are working out. As for the female users, you can use the Versa to log your period, record the symptoms and even compare it to your previous cycles.
The device is also waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can wear it confidently, be it rain or shine. Being a smartwatch, you can customise the clockfaces and pad up the Versa with apps that are convenient to you, such as news, transit alerts and so on. If you wish, you can even pair it to your smartwatch and allow it to notify you of texts or calls. It also has built-in NFC so you can simply just pay with your watch. They also gave us a sneak peek on the new Fitbit Ace, a fitness band made for the kids, featuring a smaller band to fit their wrists.
The Fitbit Versa is currently priced at RM990 for the Normal Edition, while the Special Edition will retail at RM1,120 and will be available to purchase from All IT Hypermarket, AONE Plus, Best Denki, Harvey Norman, Timekeeper, Thunder Match Technology and Lazada Online from today onwards.
The Normal Edition will come in Black Band/Black Case, Grey Band/ Silver Case and Peach Band/ Rose Gold Case. As for the Special Edition, it sports a unique woven band. It will launch with a Lavender Band/ Rose Gold Case, and Charcoal Band/ Graphite Case. As for the Fitbit Ace, it will be made available later this year, and according to Louis Lye, the Country Manager for Fitbit SEA, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the Ace will be priced under RM500.