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Google announces new $160 Fitbit Charge 6

It’ll support Google Maps, YouTube Music, and more.

New Fitbit Charge 6 is Coming
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Fitbit Charge 6

The Fitbit Charge 6 offers precise heart rate tracking and seamless connectivity with gym equipment, along with onboard controls for YouTube Music, Google Maps, and Wallet, simplifying on-the-go interactions​.

What We Like:
  • Accurate heart rate monitoring for better workout insights.
  • Enhanced connectivity with gym equipment and fitness apps.
  • On-device controls for music, navigation, and payments.
  • Up to 7 days of battery life for sustained usage.
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A few days ago, Fitbit posted a video on its official X (formerly Twitter) account, hinting at a device launch on September 28. 

While the company didn’t mention the name of the device it was going to launch, we speculated it could be the Fitbit Charge 6

As it turns out, our speculation was indeed accurate.

Google has officially announced the Fitbit Charge 6 focused on improved heart rate tracking, as well as first-party apps such as YouTube Music and Google Maps. 

Fitbit Charge 6: Not relying on just taps and swipes anymore 

Fitbit Charge 6 in Three Colors
Image: KnowTechie/Fitbit

As we reported, the Fitbit Charge 6 looks much like its predecessor, the Fitbit Charge 5, launched two years ago. 

Regarding differences, there’s a new haptic button on the left edge of the tracker that doesn’t depress or click; instead, it sends vibration feedback upon pressing it.

At last, Fitbit is no longer completely relying on taps and swipes for UI navigation. 

According to the company, the tracker is made of 100% recycled aluminum and is available in three different color and band combinations. 

Fitbit is also selling different types of bands, including Woven, Leather, Sports, Adjustable Stretch, and Hook and loop bands. 

The tracker also has Gorilla Glass protection to prevent scratches and gets 50 meters of water resistance. It comes with the same magnetic charger as the Charge 5. 

Fitbit Charge 6: Features and first-party app support

Under the hood, you will find the same heart rate measuring system as the Pixel Watch, using machine learning and AI for 60% more accurate readings during activities.

It’s definitely better than the older Charger 5 but doesn’t offer per-second readings like the Wear OS smartwatches

The improved heart rate accuracy also delivers more accurate Active Zone Minutes and burned calories. 

Fitbit Charge 6 with Improved Heart Rate Tracking
Image: Fitbit

Despite the improved features and additional computational load, the Fitbit Charge 6 still delivers 7-day battery life with AOD turned off.  

There are 20 new exercises leading to a grand total of 40, such as strength training, HIIT, skiing, and even kayaking. 

Other features include a built-in GPS, an ECG app for checking irregular heart rhythms, heart rate notifications, SpO2, nightly skin temperature variation, breathing exercises, and an EDA Scan app for stress tracking.

Besides the improved heart rate monitoring and battery life, the Fitbit Charge 6 also supports Google services. 

You can use YouTube Music to control the song playing on your smartphone, although a Premium subscription is required. Google Maps and payment via Google Wallet are also included. 

Fitbit Charge 6 with Google Maps
Image: Fitbit

You also have the ability to make calls, send texts, check notifications for other apps, and send instant replies on Android. 

The Always-On-Display may drain the battery life significantly, but it’s still there to show time and workout stats.

There’s also a new accessibility feature, enabling you to zoom and magnify the UI quickly. Unfortunately, there’s still no altimeter.

Fitbit Charge 6 colors, price & availability 

Fitbit Charge 6

The Fitbit Charge 6 offers precise heart rate tracking and seamless connectivity with gym equipment, along with onboard controls for YouTube Music, Google Maps, and Wallet, simplifying on-the-go interactions​.

What We Like:
  • Accurate heart rate monitoring for better workout insights.
  • Enhanced connectivity with gym equipment and fitness apps.
  • On-device controls for music, navigation, and payments.
  • Up to 7 days of battery life for sustained usage.
Check Availability
KnowTechie is supported by its audience, so if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the sale.

The Fitbit Charge 6 costs $159.95, which includes six months of Fitbit Premium.

The fitness tracker is available in three color combinations: a Black case with an Obsidian band, Silver with Porcelain, and Champagne Gold with Coral. 

If you are interested in the new Charge 6 tracker, you also need to a Google Account if you are an existing Fitbit member if you haven’t already. 

The Fitbit Charge 6 is available for pre-order and will be launched on October 12 in 30 countries.

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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