Two of the most prominent wearable manufacturers are expected to announce new products at the annual IFA 2019 consumer technology show to be held in Berlin, Germany.
Amongst the pending releases, pundits highly anticipate the manufacturers’ respective flagships to be announced at Europe’s largest consumer electronics tradeshow. Fitbit’s Versa 2 and Garmin’s Fenix 6 are to be the latest updates to the brand’s top offerings.
Fitbit To Launch Versa 2
Fitbit is expected to reveal a follow-up to its lauded Versa line of wearables. The Fitbit Versa is one of the first wearables that directly challenged the indomitable Apple Watch series, with a whopping 2 million units shipped within the first two months of its inaugural launch in early 2018.
Just back in March, Fitbit followed up that success with the Versa Lite, which was an attempt to corner the market with a more affordable version of the Versa with features redux.
According to credible leaks, the follow-up to the Versa will keep the general form-factor of the original. With its characteristic square display, the Versa 2 is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Versa Lite Edition in ditching the pair of physical buttons on the right of the device.
A redesigned case back allows for a more advanced PurePulse heart rate sensor, but also produces a more rounded form factor. On the front, the Versa 2 might also sport an OLED panel – an update from the LCD panel of its predecessor.
Some sources suggest a four-day battery life with all-day heart rate monitoring, local storage for more than 300 songs, along with 18 exercise modes. Fitbit Pay would also be carried over from the original version.
Garmin’s Venu might be the Fenix 6
Garmin, on the other hand, is expected to introduce a whopping six wearables. The Venu, Vivoactive 4, Vivoactive 4s, Vivomove Style, Vivomove 3s, and Vivomove 3 Sport. Leaks from Winfuture.de have shed light on the expected looks and features of these wearables.
Similar to the Vivoactive 4 and 4s smartwatches, the new 43mm Vivomove Venu is expected to provide Spotify and Deezer support, along with activity tracking for the runners, as well as cyclists and swimmers. Garmin Pay will also be carried over to the Venu. Some analysts are expecting the Venu to be rebranded under the manufacturer’s flagship Fenix as the Fenix 6.
Likely targetted at a more lifestyle-oriented user base, the Vivomove Style combines timeless analogue styling with informational digital LED sub displays.
The analogue-face-and-digital-displays route is also taken by the Vivomove 3 and 3s, with leaks indicating support for mobile notifications.
Little else is known about the devices, including pricing details and availability. The smartphones are expected to be launched at IFA 2019, and VR Zone will be on hand to share the latest information on the wearables.