It looks like Fitbit is preparing to launch smartwatch number four and this could well be our first look at it.
These official-looking renders were shared by serial leakster Evan Blass with the caption, “The next Versa-class smartwatch from Fitbit.” While we obviously don’t officially know this will be the Versa 2, it seems likely what we are looking at here is the follow-up to the Versa and not the Ionic.
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The picture shows off a pretty similar design that suggests the new Versa will be available in a series of finishes with the offer of both stylish and sporty band options.
The central watch in the image above shows some pretty standard information on the screen like step counts, heart rate and calories burned. But it’s the black model that has caught or eye as it seems to hint that Fitbit will introduce a smart assistant and that assistant could well be Amazon’s Alexa.
We have seen Alexa appear on smartwatches before like the Martian mVoice Watch and the DokiWatch kids smartwatch, but this would be the first high profile smartwatch to pack in the smart assistant.
That means we are likely to see a microphone and speaker on board, something that you do get on the Apple Watch, Samsung’s smartwatches and a host of Wear OS smartwatches. Our experiences with smart assistants on the wrist haven’t been all that great, so if Fitbit does add Alexa or its own assistant, we hope it’s has something pretty special to show off.
Whatever this next smartwatch is packing, Fitbit will be hoping it can give the company’s smartwatch business a much needed lift after it revealed a revenue slump in its second quarter results. It seems the decision to launch the Versa Lite, a cheaper version of the Versa did not pay off and its third smartwatch experienced weaker than expected sales.
The timing of this picture surfacing seems to indicate we probably won’t have to wait long to find out just what Fitbit has in store.