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Fitbit brings NFC payments to Ionic smartwatch

29 Agosto 2017, 02:43 | Azura Castelo

Fitbit brings NFC payments to Ionic smartwatch

Fitbit brings NFC payments to Ionic smartwatch

The FitBit Ionic will be the company's second coming in the smartwatch market, with its first attempt having been the Blaze, which did not see much mainstream success.

The Ionic also supports contactless payments, Global Positioning System tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance of up to 50m.

The watch also has a new sensor technology - relative SpO2 sensor - for estimating oxygen levels in the blood that have the potential to track sleep apnea among others. The San Francisco-based company is also partnering with Strava, Starbucks, Pandora, and Accuweather for exclusive apps. A special Adidas edition will arrive next year. Carried a price tag of $299.95 (approximately Rs. 19,150), the Fitbit Ionic will be made available in three exciting colour combinations including Slate Blue band with Burnt Orange case, Blue Grey band with Silver Grey case and Charcoal band with Smoke Grey case. Fitbit says a 15-minute quick charge over Micro USB will get you another hour of battery life. Ionic smartwatches will reach 55,000 retail stores in 65 countries in October.


Read our Which Fitbit is Best roundup, which we will update further when we have had hands-on testing time with the new Ionic. Fitness enthusiasts using the device will be able to add their eligible cards to the smartwatch, and pay simply by tapping their device near a contactless terminal at more than 6.6 million merchant locations globally.

The Fitbit Flyer is the first time the company has entered the headphones market and is a wireless Bluetooth headset primarily designed for gym use and running. Nevertheless, this compares well with the competition, and gives Apple Watch Series 3 something to aim for. They can also connect to two devices at once, meaning you could be listening to music on your Ionic, and take a phone call without dropping the connection.

Fitbit launched a new app that it claims will help you better achieve your fitness goals.


Fitbit is launching a developer's kit so that additional apps can be built specifically for the watch that leverage its Global Positioning System, heart and motion sensors.

The Ionic also has 2.5GB of local music storage space, which translates to more than 300 songs.

Fitbit Coach puts full-fledged workout videos right on the Ionic watch face and will offer personalized recommendations for exercises to do next based on your most recent workouts.


Fitbit is jumping headfirst into the Bluetooth headphones game with Fitbit Flyer. The $130 Aria 2, also scheduled for an October release, has new algorithms for more-accurate results, plus a bigger and brighter display than the last-gen model has. Ionic offers personal coaching software that creates personalized workouts (it's smart enough to recommend yoga after a tough workout, for example), guided breathing (for all that yoga), so-called SmartTrack intelligence that can detect your activity and adjust tracking accordingly, and-thanks to its water resistance-swim tracking that covers laps, stroke style, and calories burned.



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