A new fitness band has been added to the United States Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) database. It could be Luxe 2, Ace 4 or an entirely new line. But instead of the well-known Fitbit name, the device was registered under Google LLC. This marks a significant shift since Fitbit’s acquisition by the search giant.
Fitbit’s reputation as a leading fitness tracker manufacturer is known to all. It is a pioneer in this area. However, there has been a noticeable slowdown in their new product releases in the past 12 months. As far as fitness bands, the latest is the Fitbit Inspire 3, launched in late 2022. Prior to that you have to go back to 2021 and Luxe.
The upcoming mystery tracker
Thanks to the FCC filing, anticipation is building for a new Fitbit activity band, though its details remain elusive. What we know from the documentation is that the tracker will support Bluetooth connectivity, but without Wi-Fi or NFC. The lack of the latter means no Fitbit Pay or Google Pay functionality.
The identity of this mystery device is still unknown. Could it be the Fitbit Luxe 2? Or a sequel to the Fitbit Ace 3 for kids? There is even a possibility that it might be the first tracker in a completely new line. A new Inspire is unlikely since it has been just a year since the unveiling of the current edition.
The recent releases, including Inspire 3, Versa 4, and Sense 2, showcased iterative changes rather than revolutionary upgrades. Having said that, the continuity post-Google acquisition is a good sign, confirming that Fitbit’s innovation hasn’t come to a halt.
Possible Luxe 2 features
The Luxe range is regarded as Fitbit’s most elegant series, offering customization through various straps and a beautiful AMOLED display. The Luxe 2 is likely to continue this trend, catering to those who prefer a discreet yet stylish fitness device.
On our wish list for Luxe 2 are a larger display for better readability and extended battery life. With technology advancements, the hope is for Fitbit to achieve around a week’s charge.
The original Luxe came with comprehensive health monitoring functions. For Luxe 2, we might see additions such as an altimeter or a low-end version of the EDA sensor for stress monitoring.
While there might be some under-the-hood improvements and design enhancements, major changes in health functionality are unlikely. Luxe 2 will probably focus on fashion-conscious customization rather than more advanced health features.
Unfortunately it appears there will still be no built-in NFC. If the regulatory filing is for the Luxe 2.
Typically, an FCC filing signifies an imminent launch. With Fitbit’s attendance at IFA in Berlin on September 1st, and their history of showcasing new products at this event, we can expect this mysterious tracker to be unveiled by the end of the month. As Fitbit continues to evolve under Google’s umbrella, this launch could signal the beginning of a new era for the brand.
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Fitbit has been unusually quiet this year. There has hardly been anything on the hardware front and the software changes have, at times, consisted of stripping back existing functionality. Whether the next device is the Luxe 2 or an entirely new line, one thing’s for sure – everyone will be watching closely.
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