Fitbit launches Ionic smartwatch built on Pebble platform

Fitbit has unveiled the Ionic, its first smartwatch – and its first device built on the Pebble platform.

Fitbit acquired Pebble and its “key assets” for around $40 million last year.

The Ionic features a battery life of four days or more, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility.

It also has a new SpO2 sensor, which Fitbit said makes it possible to gain deeper health insights by tracking conditions like sleep apnea.

The Ionic also supports contactless payments, GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance of up to 50m.

The Ionic is available for pre-order for $299.95, and will be available from retailers from October 2017. A Fitbit Ionic Adidas special edition is also scheduled for 2018.

Fitbit added that its app software development kit will open to developers from September 2017.

Fitbit Ionic core family

Fitbit Ionic family renders

Now read: Pebble smartwatches — from rags, to riches, to rags

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