Fitbit Sense 3: Expectations, rumours, release date, specs

The Sense 2 has raised the bar for health-focused device. As excitement grows for the Fitbit Sense 3, we delve into speculative features and specs, rumours, and possible release date for the most high spec of Fitbit smartwatches.

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Fitbit Sense 2 was an iterative upgrade
Potential release date
Battery life
Features & potential future updates

Fitbit Sense 2 was an iterative upgrade

Launched in August 2022, the Sense 2 is marketed as a health-centric smartwatch, building upon its predecessor’s capabilities. While retaining the fitness tracking technology found in the Fitbit Versa 4, the Sense 2 comes with a few additional features, including better stress tracking and the ability to take ECG measurements. So it is for those that want the best of what the company has on offer.

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In terms of functionality, Fitbit took stress management to a new level with the Sense 2. The device features a Body Response sensor that continuously monitors electrodermal activity (cEDA), offering real-time stress management advice. This is a step up from the on-demand measurements available in the previous model. Most of its other upgrades are iterative. Nevertheless, the device provides a more comprehensive health tracking experience, making it a solid choice for those focused on overall well-being.

But what about the forthcoming Fitbit Sense 3?

Fitbit Sense 3 expectations

Fitbit Sense 3: Potential release date

Examining Fitbit’s release history for the Sense series and other devices provides valuable insights. The inaugural Sense model debuted in late August 2020, and its successor followed suit almost exactly two years later. This biennial release pattern is a recurring theme for Fitbit, as evidenced by other product lines like the Charge and Versa series, which also adhere to a similar release schedule.

Given these trends, it’s reasonable to anticipate the Sense 3, along with Versa 5, launching in late August or early September 2024. One important reason for this timing is its alignment with Europe’s largest annual tech event, IFA in Berlin, where Fitbit is a regular exhibitor.

Additionally, launching in late summer allows Fitbit to capitalize on the back-to-school shopping season. And let’s not forget that that sort of timing gives the company ample time to build momentum ahead of the all-important end year holiday sales period.

Fitbit Sense 3: Rumours

Up to this point, there’s been a notable absence of leaks regarding the upcoming next-generation smartwatch. What exists is mostly conjecture.

Despite Fitbit’s acquisition by Google, certain aspects remain steadfast. The company continues to demonstrate a commitment to regularly updating its premier products. However, it’s worth noting that 2023 saw just one hardware introduction – the Fitbit Charge 6. Optimistically, we hope to see a shift in this pattern come 2024.

As the anticipated launch of the Sense 3 draws nearer, it’s expected that more details will emerge. This information often surfaces through regulatory filings, a necessary step before the product’s release. These documents are accessible to the public, allowing anyone to peruse through them.

For now, our article will delve into what we can logically anticipate for the Sense 3. We’ll explore the potential features and specifications that this device might boast. Once new information becomes available, we’ll update this article.

Fitbit Sense 3: Design

The Fitbit Sense range gets some things right, but there are also areas for improvement.

The stainless steel casing of the first-generation Fitbit Sense provided a premium feel and durability. The second generation, on the other hand, shifted to an aluminum build, which, while lighter, may not provide the same level of sturdiness or premium aesthetic. Users who value build quality in their wearables may perceive this change as a step back.

Having said that, Sense 2 has garnered praise for its lightweight and comfortable design, making it ideal for something that is meant to be sitting on your wrist 24/7. In fact, the device also made a visual departure from its predecessor by being 10% thinner and 15% lighter, and reintroducing a physical button.

Adding different build options for the Sense 3 could be a smart move. Offering a variety of materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, or even ceramic, would allow users to select based on their durability, weight, and appearance preferences. This would not only appeal to a larger audience, but it would also position the Sense 3 as a more customizable and premium device.

Fitbit Sense 3: Battery life

Its six day battery life is commendable as it does not require frequent charging. Fitbit has a lightweight operating system and this certainly helps. Given its Google ownership, there is talk that the company may shift over to WearOS. We don’t believe this will be the case – at least not for the Sense and Versa range. So expect similar or better sort of battery life for Sense 3. Slightly above a full week would be nice.

Fitbit Sense 3: Features & potential future updates

As mentioned, the current generation offers a robust suite of health and fitness features, including heart rate, skin temperature sensor, advanced stress management score, ECG capabilities with Afib (irregular heart rhythm) detection, blood oxygen level, sleep tracking, breathing rate and other health metrics. The is also info on menstrual cycles, heart rate variability, the EDA sensor and more. And let’s not forget the built-in GPS and Daily Readiness Score.

The Fitbit app that has compatibility with iOS devices and Android phones has an intuitive user interface. The same can be said about the Fitbit OS. What’s more, the inclusion of Amazon Alexa voice assistance and Google Assistant adds a layer of convenience. Google Maps and Google Wallet for Fitbit Pay are also available, further enhancing its utility.

Now to the negatives… And there are a few. Hopefully some of these will be ironed out on Sense 3. This list includes feedback from the Fitbit community combined with our wish list for the upcoming device. And it’s not just about health features; the Sense 3 also needs to address user experience. The success of the device will hinge on how well it balances these features with the broader demands of a diverse smartwatch market.

  • Absence of music controls and offline storage
  • Speaker quality
  • Limited third-party app support
  • Disabled Wi-FI
  • Additional sensor capabilities
  • Cellular connectivity

Absence of music controls and offline storage

The lack of music controls on the Sense 2 is a significant shortcoming, especially given how important music is to many people’s fitness routines and daily lives. Due to the lack of this feature, users must rely on their smartphones to control music, which can be inconvenient during activities such as running or gym workouts.

Furthermore, the wearable device does not support offline music storage, so users must carry their smartphones with them if they want to listen to music without an internet connection. Incorporating both music controls and offline storage capabilities into the Sense 3 would not only make the device more versatile, but would also eliminate the need for users to keep their smartphones nearby for music playback.

Speaker quality

In terms of audio quality, the Sense 2’s speaker leaves a lot to be desired. A more powerful and clearer speaker, whether for taking calls or listening to notifications, would be a welcome addition to the Sense 3. Improved speaker quality would improve the overall user experience, particularly for those who rely on their smartwatch to communicate.

Limited third-party app support and removal of lifestyle apps

Unlike its predecessor, the Sense 2 falls short on third-party app support, with a closed ecosystem that limits users’ ability to customise their experience. This is especially noticeable given the removal of some lifestyle apps available in previous generations. The lack of these apps, as well as support for third-party apps, may make the device less appealing to users looking for more personal smartwatch features.

Disabled Wi-Fi

Although Wi-Fi is functional on the Sense 2, it is disabled, limiting the device’s connectivity options. Enabling Wi-Fi in the Sense 3 would not only improve data transfer speeds, but would also provide more reliable connections, particularly in environments where Bluetooth may be less effective.

Sensor capabilities and potential additions

The Sense 2 comes with a plethora of sensors, including those for stress management, ECG, and a variety of fitness metrics. However, there is room for growth in this area.

One notable omission is blood pressure monitoring, which is beginning to appear in some competing smartwatches. Including this capability in the Sense 3 would provide a more comprehensive picture of cardiovascular health.

Furthermore, while the device provides a variety of fitness tracking options, it could benefit from including more advanced performance metrics tailored specifically for running and other popular sports. Enhanced metrics could provide users with a more detailed analysis of their performance and areas for improvement by providing insights into running form, cadence, and other sport-specific data. As a result, the Sense 3 would be more than just a health monitor, but also a more effective training companion.

Anticipating cellular connectivity

Fitbit has yet to release a smartwatch with built-in cellular connectivity, which is becoming more common in the wearables market. This would make the device more autonomous, allowing users to leave their smartphones at home while running or cycling and still stay connected.

Cellular support would also improve safety features like emergency calls and open up new opportunities for standalone apps and services. Given the growing expectation that smartwatches will include cellular capabilities, an additional cellular Sense 3 variant may make sense.

Fitbit Sense 3 expectations

Fitbit Sense 3: Price

Priced at $299, the Sense 2 is not cheap. But it is not expensive either considering all the advanced smart functionality and stats it brings. Especially if you compare it to the likes of the Apple Watch series, Samsung Galaxy Watch and sports watches. So expect a similar price point for Sense 3. Perhaps even higher if there is a cellular option.

What doesn’t sit well with us is the optional Fitbit premium subscription.

This is currently required in order to gain access to more advanced health and fitness features. That’s what premium members get. While the basic functions are strong, users may find it restricting that they must pay extra to fully utilise the device’s capabilities. Offering a more comprehensive set of features without requiring a subscription would undoubtedly appeal to a broader audience.

Unfortunately, introducing subscriptions is becoming a wearable tech trend. So we are not very hopeful about this one.

Fitbit Sense 3: FAQ

Is Fitbit coming out with Sense 3?

Yes, Fitbit is expected to release the Sense 3. Based on their release history and patterns, the Sense 3 is anticipated to continue the legacy of its predecessors, offering advanced health and fitness features.

When will Fitbit Sense 3 be released?

The Fitbit Sense 3 is likely to be launched in late August or early September 2024. This prediction aligns with Fitbit’s historical release patterns and strategic timing for major tech events and shopping seasons.

Should you wait for Fitbit Sense 3?

If you’re seeking the latest in health-focused wearable technology, waiting for the Fitbit Sense 3 could be worthwhile. It’s expected to build upon the features of the Sense 2, potentially offering more advanced health tracking and improved design elements.

Are there any leaks about Fitbit Sense 3?

As of now, there haven’t been any significant leaks about the Fitbit Sense 3. Most of the information available is based on speculation and logical progression from previous models. Details are likely to emerge closer to the launch date, often through regulatory filings.

What features will Fitbit Sense 3 have?

The Fitbit Sense 3 is expected to enhance its health and fitness tracking capabilities. Anticipated features include advanced stress management, ECG capabilities, blood oxygen level monitoring, sleep tracking, and possibly new additions like blood pressure monitoring. It may also address some of the shortcomings of the Sense 2, such as music control, speaker quality, and third-party app support. Battery life is expected to be similar or slightly better than the previous model, and design improvements could offer more material choices for users.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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