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Functional Fitness: Fitbit Unveils Ionic Smartwatch And Fitbit Flyer Wireless Headphones

The global wearables brand is adding a smartwatch and more to its activity tracker lineup. 

Fitbit is continuing to add functionality to fitness.

After releasing tracking devices like the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Blaze, the global wearable brand now unveils its first smartwatch: the Fitbit Ionic watch. With more personalization features than its previous activity trackers, the Ionic has new and stronger features that allow users to manage their health.

Via its new relative SpO2 sensor, the Ionic now estimates a user's blood oxygen level, which also serves as an indicator of sleep apnea. The improved multiday battery offers up to four days of charge-free tracking, while the Fitbit Pay feature allows users to leave their wallet at home and make purchases at any store accepting contactless, NFC (near field communication) payments. The smartwatch's GPS tracking allows users to view their pace and distance, record elevation climbed, split times, view a map of their walk, run or bike ride, and swim in a pool up to 50 meters, thanks to its added water resistance.

“With Ionic, we will deliver what consumers have not yet seen in a smartwatch,” shared James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “A health and fitness first platform that combines the power of personalization and deeper insights with our most advanced technology to date, unlocking opportunities for unprecedented health tracking capabilities in the future.”

Fitbit also is launching Fitbit Coach, which allows users to work out anytime and anywhere with audio coaching and bodyweight exercise video workouts from the multicolor screen of its Ionic watch. The personal training app also allows users to select from a few coach options and build a workout program based on their activity level.

To hear exercise cues while taking on squats or listening to your favorite playlist, Fitbit has produced new wireless fitness headphones: the Fitbit Flyer. While working seamlessly with the Ionic watch, the headphones' Bluetooth feature delivers phone-free workout sessions with two sound settings: Signature and Power Boost.

Each ear piece includes ear tips, wings and fins of various sizes to allow a more secure and personalized fit. The hydrophobic nano coating offers "sweatproof" usage that's perfect for a sweat-inducing workout or a downpour during an outdoor jog or run. With up to six hours of music playtime, every 15-minute charge offers an extra hour of battery life. Its dual microphone feature helps suppress external, conversation-interrupting noise while taking on high-quality, hands-free calls.

The Ionic comes in a silver-gray tracker/blue-gray band; a smoke-gray tracker/charcoal band; and a burnt orange tracker/slate-blue band. To learn more about the device and its accessories and how you can preorder the $299.99 device before its Oct. 2017 release, visit

As for the Fitbit Flyer, you'll find it in lunar gray and nightfall blue at the retail price of $129.95. Learn more about the headphones over at

Bonus: Fitbit also launched its new Wi-Fi smart scale, the Fitbit Aria 2, and will be partnering with Adidas to deliver a Fitbit Ionic special-edition device and training programs in 2018.

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