Fitbit announces Alta, a fashionable tracker versed in fitness

Fitbit has announced Alta, its best-looking wearable yet. Of course, its roots are still settled in fitness, but along with the Fitbit Blaze, the popular fitness tracker company has now rounded out its upcoming 2016 offering with a more affordable ($129, about £88, AU$182,) but equally stunning tracker.

Like the Fitbit Blaze, the Alta’s body is trimmed in stainless steel and can be lifted out of the band and placed into a different one that’s better suited for a classy night out. Several band options will be available at launch, including $29 (about £, AU$40) elastomer bands in black, plum, blue, and teal, leather bands in graphite and blush pink for $59 (about £40, AU$182,) and finally, stainless steel bangles topping out for $99 (about £68, AU$139.)

In addition to looking good, Fitbit’s latest looks to be no slouch at tracking your workouts. The Alta can automatically detect when you begin exercise and, if you find yourself in need of a nudge of encouragement, it’s got your back. Its vibration feedback will help to get you on your feet.

The Fitbit Alta features auto sleep tracking, a touch-sensitive OLED screen that displays smartphone notifications, the time and other info based on your current activity. It will be compatible with iOS, Android, as well as Windows Mobile device. Lastly, its battery is said to last up to five days before it needs a charge.

But, as fitness aficionados know, the hardware is only a small part of the picture; the underlying software is really the bread and butter of the experience. If it’s bad, then it’s not worth your time or money. Fortunately for you, Fitbit isn’t new to the scene, so expect the companion software to be at its best. We’ll provide in-depth findings in our upcoming review of the Alta.

While the Alta doesn’t offer much in the way of never-before-seen features, Fitbit has overhauled its tracker design formula and, as a result, the Alta stands a very good chance to be a hit in an increasingly competitive wearables landscape.

Fitbit’s Alta is set for release in the US in March for $129 and will be available at several leading retailers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. Global availability is set for April 2016, but Fitbit hasn’t nailed down a price point. We’ll update this article with more detailed pricing when it’s available.

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