smartwatch brings new display and voice commands

Boxy and expensive, the Fitbit Ionic was a fiasco. Fortunately, Fitbit reacted quickly when it launched the Fitbit Versa at the beginning of last year. This one did work, so much so that a new generation will win: the Fitbit Versa 2 is coming there.

Fitbit Versa 2

The new version does not bring major changes of visual when compared to the first generation Versa. The watch remains almost square in shape, with rounded corners and curved sides, in addition to keeping the size relatively compact. The number of physical buttons has dropped from three to one, however.

On the screen, more changes. Instead of the 1.34 inch size of the original model, the Fitbit Versa 2 features a 1.4 inch tactile display reinforced with Gorilla Glass 3. The panel is an AMOLED type (the previous model has an LCD).

Another change is in NFC support. In the first generation, only the Versa Special Edition has this technology, but now it is present in all versions of Fitbit Versa 2.

A built-in microphone is another novelty, for a good reason: the watch brings integration with Alexa. With that, the user can give voice commands or ask questions to the Amazon assistant. The answers are not spoken, however. Instead, the results will appear on the display.

Fitbit Versa 2

James Park, CEO of Fitbit, explained to TechCrunch that the company had to work with Amazon for the smartwatch to support Alexa, after all, the assistant was not originally developed to support this type of device.

It seems that the efforts were worth it: Alexa is able to pass on information about weather, set alarms, control devices in the house and so on.

Versa 2 is also capable of doing everything the first Versa does, such as estimating user performance in physical activities, measuring heart rate and monitoring sleep.

Features like gyroscope, Bluetooth (now in version 5.0), light sensor and water resistance (at depths up to 50 m) have been maintained. However, it was not this time that GPS became part of the line specifications.

Fitbit Versa 2

As music and podcasts are usually part of the routine of those who play sports, Fitbit also highlights the integration with Spotify: up to 300 songs can be downloaded in Versa 2 for offline playback (provided the user has a Premium subscription to the service); it is possible to play the tracks from commands to Alexa.

The battery has been increased. Autonomy is now estimated at five days versus four days for the first Versa. But, due to the increase in resources, it is possible that this difference is not so noticeable in Versa 2.

Prices were maintained. In the United States, Fitbit Versa 2 went on pre-order with an official value of US $ 199.95 or, in the case of the Special Edition model, US $ 229.95. The launch is scheduled for September.

Fitbit Premium

Versa 2 comes with a new service: the Fitbit Premium. With it, the user has access to more detailed statistics of their sports activities, encounters challenges and receives training guidelines, for example.

The subscription costs $ 9.99 a month or $ 79.99 a year.

With information: TechCrunch, The Verge.

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