Fitbit's first smartwatch might be delayed to fall 2017

by Lawrence Cooper April 13, 2017, 0:53
Fitbit's first smartwatch might be delayed to fall 2017

While that product is predicted to launch sometime this fall - likely going head-to-head with Apple Watch Series 3 - a new report from Yahoo Finance today has depicted a troubled road to launch for Fitbit's smartwatch, as well as revealing the company's potential emergence in the Bluetooth earphone market.

According to sources speaking with Yahoo Finance, Fitbit's smartwatch was initially launching this spring, but GPS problems due to antenna positioning in a few prototypes delayed production to the fall.

Ensuring that the smartwatch is fully waterproof has also been a struggle and sources indicate that it is not guaranteed that the Fitbit device will be launched with the feature. We say "real", because the company already sells a form of a smart wrist device, the Fitbit Blaze, but it is rather perceived as fitness tracker that can receive texts and calls.

In one of the more final prototypes, the Global Positioning System didn't work because the antenna wasn't in the right place. It will come in two shades - Blue and Gray, starting at $300.

Regardless of whether Fitbit manages to make it waterproof, I think they have to release the watch later this year. "It's literally sink or swim time for them".

Fitbit has not yet officially commented on any of this so we'll have to wait and see when it decides to share more information with the press about this.

The main issues - according to the report - surround the watch's Global Positioning System components and waterproofing which have forced the delay. It will feature a color display with 1,000 nits of brightness - which will be twice as bright as Apple Watch Series 2, a built-in Global Positioning System chip, heart-rate monitoring, the capability to complete contact-less payments, store and play Pandora songs without a phone, and around four days of battery life. Some of the production mishaps were technical, with the product design being an issue in some cases.

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