Fitbit Smartwatch is Ionic

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Fitbit launches its long awaited take on the smartwatch format-- the Ionic, a lightweight aluminium number with built-in GPS tracking, water resistance and a new operating system.

Fitbit IonicTechnically the Ionic is an upgrade of the Blaze, the previous fitness-focused Fitbit watch. However it runs the proprietary Fitbit OS, a piece of software Fitbit says makes the core of its current and future smartwatch effots. It handles 3rd party apps, with the press reveal showing apps from the likes of Pandora, Strava, AccuWeather and Starbucks, among others.

The company promises a full selection of apps will be available at launch, while developers get an SDK on September. Users will be able to add more apps through a Fitbit App Gallery, and can also side load content through private links.

When it comes to fitness features, the Ionic offers GPS, sleep tracking, blood-oxygen monitoring, personalised training, heart-rate tracking and water resistance up to 50m. The colour touchscreen is complete with Gorilla Glass 3 and 1000 nits brightness, while the battery promises up to 4 days of use on a single charge (or 10 hours of continuous use).

In addition it includes contactless payments via Fitbit Pay, 2.5GB onboard storage, Bluetooth and smartwatch notifications.

The Ionic ships from October 2017 in a choice of 3 colours, as well as a selection of additional bands and accessories. Next year sees the launch of an Adidas-branded version with special training programs.

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