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Fitbit Charge 5 launches for US$179.95 with on-wrist ECG and EDA functionality

The Fitbit Charge 5 is an overhaul from its predecessor. (Image source: Fitbit)
The Fitbit Charge 5 is an overhaul from its predecessor. (Image source: Fitbit)
The Fitbit Charge 5 has arrived and for just US$179.95. The new Fitbit Charge is thinner than its predecessor, while retaining week-long battery life and adding more health-tracking functionality. The Fitbit Charge 5 even has a brighter display that is a colour AMOLED panel, too.

Fitbit has announced the Charge 5, its latest fitness tracker. The Fitbit Charge 5 has a more refined look than its predecessor, with a supposed 10% reduction in thickness and the inclusion of a brighter display that is also AMOLED and colour. Fitbit claims that the Charge 5 should last up to 7 days between charges, too.

Additionally, the Charge 5 has built-in GPS, GLONASS, red and infrared sensors for SpO2 monitoring and a skin temperature sensor. Excitingly, the new Fitbit Charge also includes multipurpose electrical sensors that are compatible with Fitbit's ECG and EDA Scan apps.

It is worth keeping in mind that the Charge 5 runs Fitbit's OS, rather than Wear OS. Hence, the fitness tracker will operate like the Charge 4 or the Sense. Accordingly, Fitbit hides many of the fitness tracker's features behind its Fitbit Premium subscription, which runs to US$9.99 per month.

The Fitbit Charge 5 is available to pre-order now for US$179.95. The fitness tracker comes in three colours that Fitbit has called Black/Graphite, Lunar White/Soft Gold and Steel Blue/Platinum. All colours will ship 'by late September' and come with a 6-month membership to Fitbit Premium.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-08-25 (Update: 2021-08-25)