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Fitbit Charge 4 with built-in GPS and Spotify control launched for Rs 14,999 

On: April 1, 2020

The Fitbit Charge 4 is finally here, replacing the aging Charge 3 and bringing some much-needed upgrades to the table. Despite sharing aesthetic cues with its predecessor, the Charge 4 is a whole new device. The key highlights include built-in GPS and Spotify control, apart from a list of typical Fitbit features like Fitbit Pay, smart wake, and app notifications. Fitbit is also offering a range of custom accessories along with the Charge 4 Special Edition, at a slight premium.

Fitbit Charge 4 specifications and features

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Fitbit Charge 4 features a monochrome display up to 7 days of battery life

The Charge 4 flaunts a touch-sensitive grayscale OLED display that responds to scrolling and swiping. The addition of GPS means users no longer need to rely on their smartphones for navigation when outdoors. After a workout session is over, the Charge 4 generates a heatmap of your activities and marks the areas where you exercise most frequently. The fitness tracker supports 20+ activities including walking, running, cycling, swimming, and a range of other exercises.

The device lacks a colour display, which is surprising considering its price. However, the monochrome display enhances battery performance, which Fitbit claims can last up to seven days with regular usage or for 5-hours of constant GPS usage. Another addition is Active Zone Minutes, a feature that factors in your age and heart rate while monitoring activities that raise your heartbeat. Most fitness trackers rely on step count rather than the heartbeat to measure the intensity of a workout. Hence, the results are inconclusive during in-door activities like Pilates, yoga, and spinning, as per the brand.

Additional features on the Fitbit Charge 4 include sleep-tracking and an SpO2 sensor for detecting the oxygen concentration in the bloodstream. The device is water-resistant up to 50 meters, although Fitbit does not recommend wearing it to a sauna or hot tub. The device is composed of a plastic resin case with a stainless-steel buckle, while the band is made out of a durable, flexible material similar to the ones seen on sports watches. The custom band on the Charge 4 SE is woven out of polyester.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, while the device is compatible with iPhone 5S/iPad 5 or newer, and devices running Android 7 or above. The list of accessories include breathable silicone sports bands in frost white and evergreen, and recycled woven reflective bands in rosewood and midnight from REPREVE. Users can also opt for the hand-crafted black leather band from Horween. All Charge 4 accessories are compatible with the Fitbit Charge 3.

Fitbit Charge 4 price in India

The Fitbit Charge 4 has arrived in India with a pricing of Rs 14,999 and is available in Black, Storm Black/Blue, and Rosewood color options. The sales of the device will begin this month in India and across the globe. The Charge 4 SE is priced at Rs 16,999 and is available with a custom granite black/reflective woven band apart from the standard classic black band. Users can also purchase Charge 4 accessories starting at Rs 2,999. Fitbit is yet to announce the final launch date in India.

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Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.