A few weeks ago images appeared online showing Versa in colors previously unknown to this brand. Some have speculated this is Versa 2, but it’s official now that this is Versa Lite edition. The smartwatch can be pre-ordered on Fitbit’s website from today.
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The simplified version looks pretty much identical to the original. But look closely and you’ll spot some differences. Lite has just one button instead of the Versa’s three. This is a power/wake button which means all navigation is done by swiping and tapping on the screen. The tracker also comes in a few new colours including Lilac, Marina Blue, Mulberry and White.
The watch is made of the same lightweight aluminium as the original. The size, shape, and screen are all exactly the same. Versa Lite comes with a heart rate sensor, Connected GPS, 4-5 day battery life and almost everything else you’ll find on its predecessor. The bands are backwards compatible with the original models.
So what are the differences?
Versa Lite doesn’t have on-board Wi-Fi and on-board storage for music. The original comes with 2.5 GB of memory, which is enough for around 300+ songs. Finally, there’s no NFC on the new iteration. You’ll have to opt for the Versa or Versa Special Edition if you want to make payments on the go.
In terms of fitness, there is no altimeter on-board which means the device will not count floors. Despite its excellent 5 ATM water-resistance, it also won’t track your swim laps. Finally, while Fitbit Coach provides on-screen workouts on Versa, the on-screen sessions won’t run on Lite.
The fact that Fitbit has cut some corners means that Versa LITE costs $160, some $40 below the full edition price. Availability should start from mid-March. Check price on Amazon.
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