Fitbit Launches Versa 2, now available in the UAE
Fitbit’s first smartwatch with an on-device microphone and existing features like Fitbit Pay bring more convenience
Fitbit announced the launch of Fitbit Versa 2, the next generation of its fitness smartwatch, Fitbit Versa Versa 2 delivers a new precision-crafted swimproof design, includes sleep features like Sleep Score and smart wake, and is packed with even more advanced health, fitness and smart features to elevate every moment.
For next-level convenience, Versa 2 debuts an on-device microphone, which enables voice to text, along with a Spotify app that allows users to control their music and podcasts, and Fitbit Pay . Coupled with faster performance, new apps and clock faces and a brighter, crisper display with an optional always-on mode Versa 2 now comes with 5+ days battery life, at the same approachable price as Versa.
“At Fitbit, we believe that health belongs to everyone and that people should not be priced out of having access to devices and features that can help them improve their health. That’s why we’ve designed Versa 2 to be a premium, full-featured and easy-to-use smartwatch at an accessible price point,” James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.
“Building on the success of our original best-selling Versa smartwatch, we believe the added value and innovation in Versa 2, with new features like, a Spotify app and advanced in-app and on-device sleep features, will bring more users into the smartwatch category, allowing them to unlock the benefits of better health.” He added
Fitbit say the latest sleep features will not only help you better understand your sleep, but provide the features to help you improve it:
● Sleep Score: Receive a nightly score within the Fitbit app for better insight into your sleep quality. Your score is based on heart rate (sleeping and resting), restlessness, time awake and Sleep Stages.
● Smart wake: Coming soon to all Fitbit smartwatches, smart wake uses machine learning to wake you during an optimal time of your sleep cycle, while in light or REM sleep, based on a pre-selected 30-minute interval, so you wake up feeling more refreshed.
● Sleep Mode: Simultaneously disable your screen display and silence notifications for a night free of disturbances. Sleep Mode can also be used anytime you don’t want to be interrupted, like during a workout or in a meeting.
● Estimated Oxygen Variation Graph: Coming soon, this graph will provide users with an estimate of the variability of oxygen levels in their bloodstream. The data is derived from a combination of the red and infrared sensors on the back of your device. Being aware of short term variations in the oxygen levels in your bloodstream may indicate variations in your breathing during sleep.
On the Versa 2, Fitbit have additional features which include: automatic activity tracking, PurePulse 24/7 heart rate tracking, 15+ goal-based exercise modes, connected GPS and water resistant up to 50 meters.
Fitbit is also bringing the Spotify app experience to Versa 2, allowing Spotify Premium subscribers to control music and podcasts so you can find all-day motivation directly from your wrist. The Spotify app lets you control playback on-the-go, change playlists, like songs, and easily switch music output without skipping a beat. The ability to control Spotify adds even more music functionality to Fitbit for you to listen to your music for motivation. Additionally, Versa 2 has the ability to store and play 300+ songs from your personal music library and add Deezer playlists.
Versa 2 offers all the features like smartphone notifications so you can view app, call, calendar and text notifications right from your wrist. If you have an Android phone, you can also use the new on-device microphone to reply to texts and notifications from the wrist. Plus, you can also choose from nearly 3,000 apps and clock faces to personalize the stats you see and access the apps you need so everything is in one place.
The Versa 2 is also powered by a faster processor compared to Versa for better performance and seamless navigation. Plus, a larger AMOLED display delivers a superior experience with boosted viewability and crisper color, and enables an optional always-on display mode, which Fitbit say has a 2+ days battery life so you can easily check the time and see your stats during a workout without lifting your wrist or pressing a button. It's also water resistant up to 50 meters. The Versa 2 Special Edition features a premium jacquard woven band in navy and pink with a copper rose aluminum case or smoke with a mist grey case, plus a contemporary color-matched classic silicone band in navy and olive, respectively, for two chic styles in one.
Pricing and availability
Versa 2 will be available for pre-orders exclusively on Amazon UAE from the beginning of September 2019 for AED 899 in black with a carbon case, petal with a copper rose aluminum case, and stone with a mist grey case; accessories range from AED 149 – AED 199. Versa 2 Special Edition will be available for AED 999 in navy and pink with a copper rose aluminum case and smoke with a mist grey case.
Versa 2 will be available from September 2019 at Virgin Megastore, Amazon UAE, Noon and Namshi. Two exclusive editions -- emerald and plum, both with a copper rose case -- will be available exclusively on Amazon UAE.
Today, Fitbit also announced Fitbit Premium, a paid subscription service in the Fitbit app that takes your unique data to deliver Fitbit’s most personalized experience yet, with actionable guidance and coaching to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Premium leverages insights from 10+ years of Fitbit data as well as academic and medical expertise to help you move more, sleep better and eat well with customized programs, advanced sleep features, personal insights, hundreds of workouts, new challenges, health reports and more – all in one place and made just for you.
Premium will be available in English in 17 countries including UAE via the Fitbit app in Autumn, expanding to additional languages in 2020.