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Fitbit Versa 2 Updated With Alexa, Premium Health Subscription Service

Fitbit has announced the Fitbit Versa 2 (SGD 318, USD 200), slated to hit stores around the world on September 15. A follow-up to the iconic original Versa smartwatch launched last year in 2018, the Versa 2 is largely similar to its predecessor, but now with added Amazon Alexa support, an improved display, along with better performance.

In addition to the Fitbit Versa 2, September is expected to yield Garmin’s flagship wearable too.

While the hardware improvements are incremental, and the usefulness of Alexa will be limited in regions like Singapore that have not embraced Amazon’s ecosystem, the Versa 2 comes alongside the company’s announcement of a new Fitbit Premium service.

The Fitbit Versa 2, showing Amazon Alexa voice control screen, in Special Edition Navy Pink and Copper Rose. Image: Fitbit

Costing about US$10 per month and US$80 per year, the Fitbit Premium service aims to deliver personalised workout regimens and health programmes tailored to individual preferences, health conditions and aptitudes.

Although not officially announced in Singapore yet, the company had announced that a free Fitbit Inspire will be available for Fitbit Premium will be available for participants of the Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB) in it’s upcoming Live Healthy SG initiative. Preorders will open in September)

For hands-free, liberating outdoor workout sessions, the Fitbit Versa 2 will provide conveniences like Fitbit Pay, along with a Spotify app. An extensive ecosystem of thousands of applications and watch faces is available for users to customise their wearables to their preference.

An always-on display mode, coupled with more than five days of battery life make the Versa 2 an attractive proposition while retaining the same price as its predecessor at launch.

The Fitbit Versa 2 and Special Edition family. Image: Fitbit

Digital lives are also increasingly distracted ones, and sleep quality is increasingly shaping up to be a major health risk globally. The Fitbit Versa 2 now organises sleep data in an easily-understandable, actionable way.

The new Sleep Score helps users monitor sleep quality at a glance, while Smart wake will come to all Fitbit smartwatches to analyse sleep patterns to wake users up while in light or REM sleep for minimal disruption to sleep cycles. Sleep Mode disables the display and notifications when resting or at appointments. The Estimated Oxygen Variation Graph allows users to be aware of bloodstream oxygen levels during sleep.

The Fitbit Aria Air, in White and Black. Image: Fitbit

To accompany the Fitbit Premium app and to build on a more holistic health monitoring ecosystem, Fitbit has also announced the Fitbit Aria Air.

The Aria Air is a Bluetooth-connected scale that is designed to be affordable and to provide information for a comprehensive overview of your health trends within the Fitbit app.

Pricing and availability of the Fitbit Aria Air in Singapore is set at Q4 2019, with an RRP of SGD 78.


Local details along with pricing and availability updated on September 5, 2019.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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