Google Announces the Fitbit Charge 5

The device will be available later this fall

Google has announced its new health and fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 5.

The announcement was made on The Keyword, Google’s health and fitness blog, and details the device's upcoming features and amount of health guidance a user can enjoy.

Image of the Fitbit Charge 5


The Fitbit Charge 5 has a new sleek design that is 10% thinner than the previous iteration and an AMOLED display making it easier to see the screen on sunny days. The device’s battery can last up to seven days, although this depends on the amount of usage.

Features include a built-in GPS, 20 different exercise modes, and an ECG app that tracks your heart rate. The app provides information if a user's heart rate is above or below a certain range. A new Daily Readiness Score tells the user their level of fitness fatigue, heart rate, recent sleep quality, and what they can do to remedy any issues.

The Charge 5 comes with an EDA sensor, the first of Google's trackers to have this technology. The sensor measures the body’s stress level via sweat glands and portrays the information through a Stress Management Score. Like the Daily Readiness Score, the device will suggest what a user can do to lower their stress.

Woman looking at her Fitbit device

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Users also can make contactless payments thanks to Fitbit Pay and receive notifications from a smartphone, although quick replies are exclusive to Android devices.

The Fitbit Charge 5 is currently available for pre-order on the official website at $179.95. It also comes with a free six-month subscription to Fitbit Premium, which can provide deeper health insights, nutrition sessions, and more than 500 different types of workouts.

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