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CES 2016 | Fitbit launches Blaze smart wearable

Fitbit Blaze smart wearable-fitness tracker-smartwatch
Fitbit Blaze
This smartwatch with advanced fitness tracking capabilities works with over 200 smartphones across multiple platforms, but runs Fitbit's proprietary OS.

Fitbit is well known for its fitness trackers, and a recent survey of this market niche shows that its products are more popular than Apple's and Xiaomi's. Now, the company brings its first fully featured smartwatch, namely the Fitbit Blaze.

Although it lacks a GPS module, Fitbit Blaze compensates for that with good battery life (up to 5 days), optical heart rate monitoring, altimeter, 3-axis accelerometer, a sweat, rain and splash-proof design, as well as the ability to connect via Bluetooth 4.0 and sync data with over 200 iOS, Android, and Windows devices. This smartwatch is available in two sizes and three colors - black, blue, and plum. Unfortunately, it runs a proprietary OS by Fitbit, so the amount of apps for it will be limited, at least for a while.

Fitbit Blaze can be already pre-ordered and will cost $200 USD at launch while the more basic Charge HR currently retails for $150 USD. Shipments should begin in March if everything goes as planned. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-01- 7 (Update: 2016-03- 1)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.