Fitbit, the wearables brand bought by Google just a few years ago, is set to refresh its smartwatch offerings with a new generation for 2022. Already real images of the Sense 2 and Versa 4 have surfaced online, but information about their new capabilities is still limited. What we can see from the new images is that the design doesn’t change much, but users might have something to be happy about on the new Sense 2.
Fitbit’s Versa 4 and Sense 2 don’t change much in exterior design
The original Fitbit Sense watch used a pressure-sensing side button that could detect presses, but didn’t physically press. The Sense 2 will instead benefit from a physical, mechanically-actuated button, which should provide much better feedback in use. The ECG sensor is better integrated into the watch’s design, being located on the black bezel of the display, while the sensor area at the bottom has been modified to integrate more capabilities in the same space.
According to the markings on the photographed models, the Fitbit Sense 2 will be equipped with sensors for ECG, temperature, GPS and will offer water resistance to 5 atmospheres, or 50 meters deep.
The Versa 4 model changes less on the outside, however. The watch has the same design as the Versa 2 version, and the ECG sensor remains exclusive to the Sense series. What the Versa 4 also gets is water resistance to 50m and new sleep monitoring features, such as snoring detection.
Given that the design doesn’t change much, Fitbit most likely won’t be making the switch to Google’s WearOS operating system this year either. All of the company’s smartwatches to date have used Fitbit’s proprietary software, and that probably won’t change with this generation either.