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Fitbit Announces The New Versa 2 Smartwatch

Fitbit Announces The New Versa 2 Smartwatch

Fitbit has announced the Versa 2, and it’s a big step forward in the company’s quest to make a smartwatch that you might, for at least a few seconds, confuse for an Apple Watch. The glass covering Versa 2’s watchface spills elegantly over its sides, the number of side buttons has been reduced from three to one, and fewer complications on watchfaces give it a more premium look. Fitbit also (finally) got rid of its logo on the bottom bezel.

Inevitable comparisons aside, the Versa 2 seems to bring more than enough improvements and features to set it apart from Fitbit’s past efforts, as well as other recent smartwatches. It’s $199.99, the same price as its predecessor, and it features a new OLED screen as its most noticeable improvement.

Fitbit says that the Versa 2 should last over five days per charge, which is a small but welcome improvement over the prior model’s four-day lifespan. Something that will shrink the battery life is the new Always-On Display mode, which allows you to see a crisp, monochromatic view of the time, remaining battery life, and progress on a few vital metrics, like steps taken, without having to raise your arm up first. The Apple Watch, and most other smartwatches, require you to raise your arm or tap a button to turn on the display. Impressively, it can supposedly last multiple days if you don’t want to give this screen a break.