7 things you need to know about Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch

Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design

It also made a decision to go with what it calls a "squircle" design - yes, really- softening the hard edges of a square with rounded corners to make it feel more inviting.

The Fitbit Versa takes a lot of the design language the company has learnt from the Ionic and transferred it into a smaller watch that those with slimmer wrists will likely appreciate.

The special editions of the Versa have NFC capabilities for Fitbit Pay in the United States, but all Versa models sold in Asia will be able to use Fitbit Pay. Accessories, including leather and stainless steel straps, will range in price from $29.95 to $99.95.

Fitbit itself will also offer bands.

It will be available in Q2, 2018 across Reliance Digital, Croma, Helios and other major retailers. The Versa does have a connected Global Positioning System feature, though, meaning you can map outdoor activities when you're bringing your smartphone along for the ride.

It comes with internal storage that can store up to 300 songs.

Fitbit has put in several safe guards in place for young users.

The Fitbit Ace allows children to collect'badges- as rewards for staying healthy- in the Fitbit app either on their own phone or their parent's phone
The Fitbit Ace allows children to collect'badges- as rewards for staying healthy- in the Fitbit app either on their own phone or their parent's phone

The company's answer to the crisis is a wearable fitness tracker that "encourages" children eight years old and older to stay active.

If you want to make payments while you're out and about you can use Fitbit Pay and connect up your bank account and card for contactless payments. With the smaller design, the Versa's is the lightest weight smartwatch made of metal now on the market, Fitbit says. The smartwatch has a new female health tracking feature that's created to help women track "their period, estimated fertile window and overall health and wellness".

It's not a groundbreaking innovation, but giving you dynamic cycle predictions allows you to log your symptoms easily and mark when you're likely to be less active. Fitbit sold only 5.4 million total devices in the fourth quarter, down from 6.5 million a year earlier and 8.2 million sold back in 2015. "But we're also going to help people manage more serious health conditions". Some of these are functions that you didn't know you needed, but once you experience them, you won't be able to envision your life without them. You can also transfer your own music to the Versa much like the Ionic.

The firm explained the thinking behind the Fitbit Ace, designed for children, by citing World Health Organization data pointing to America's childhood obesity epidemic. The Fitbit Versa is not meant for buyers wanting to ditch their smartphone while running or engaging in some other workout session.

The Versa is powered by Fitbit OS 2.0, which provides a new and personalized dashboard for daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, heart rate, and exercise summaries, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance.

Fitbit hopes more big name apps will flock to the platform soon too, so expect further apps and watch faces to appear on the gallery in the future. Fitbit says rashes can result from wearing the tracker all day, with sweat, water or soap trapped against the skin.

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