7 things you need to know about Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch

Fitbit Versa brings female health tracking and a much-improved design

It also made a decision to go with what it calls a "squircle" design - yes, really- softening the hard edges of a square with rounded corners to make it feel more inviting.

It comes in a choice of finishes: black, silver or rose gold. There are also two special edition models in graphite, with a charcoal grey band, and rose gold, with a lavender woven band. READ NEXT:Google publishes new research into how neural networks "think" Fitbit's targeting the Versa at general consumers who want a do-anything all-purpose smartwatch. The screen itself is considerably improved, sharing similar specifications to the Fitbit Ionic. The standard silicone bands will retail for $29.95, Horween leather bands will go for $49.95, and metal and mesh bands will be available for $79.95.

There's no on-board Global Positioning System, however, the Versa relying on a Bluetooth connection to your phone for that.

Park pointed to health matters such as diabetes, heart health, sleep disorders, and mental health as areas where Fitbit devices and the data they collect could potentially help medical professionals make diagnoses and treat patients. Theres built-in storage, allowing you to carry 300 songs from Deezer (in the United States and Europe).

When it comes to Fitbit Pay, the company's wearable payment service, the situation is a little. unusual. Stay tuned for a full review of the device before it launches.

Why the discrepancy? Melanie Chase, Fitbit's VP of marketing, told us the reason is that adoption for NFC payments has been slow in the States. Many women already use period-tracking apps, but Fitbit is building period-tracking into the Versa, so women can see how their periods affect their sleep and activity. With the smaller design, the Versa's is the lightest weight smartwatch made of metal now on the market, Fitbit says.


Female users can use the Fitbit app and the Versa to keep track of periods and record symptoms. The more rounded design should be giving you Pebble Time Steel flashbacks (Fitbit acquired Pebble a while back). Fitbit is bright and engaging, a pleasure to use and compatible with a great number of other services too.

For instance, it could recommend more sleep in the coming week because a bad period is on the way, or suggest easier ways to exercise if you're feeling too exhausted.

Versa shares numerous Ionic's features, including an app store, swim-tracking workouts, on-board music storage and 4-day battery life, so you can log sleep as well as steps.

The Versa will support Fitbit Pay, and the company says that its contactless payment system is now supported by 32 banks in 14 countries, with more arriving. There'll be reminders to log your food intake or take medication, celebrations for hitting goals and milestones, insights into your activity, sleep summaries, social challenges and prompts to take action on your data.

It will run Fitbit OS 2.0, which offers a new personalized dashboard and smart replies for Android users.

There have also been some tweaks to the way in which data is displayed on your wrist in what Fitbit is calling an integrated dashboard. The Fitbit Ace is set to be available in Q2 2018 and much like the Fitbit Versa, it can now be pre-ordered from the company.

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