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Fitbit Luxe Is A Luxury Fitness Tracker That Trades On Style

Fitbit Luxe Is A Luxury Fitness Tracker That Trades On Style

The Fitbit Luxe is a new fitness tracker that attempts to add a touch of class to a category of tech awash with ultra-affordable bands.

At $149.95 the Fitbit Luxe is far more expensive than some similar-looking rivals, such as the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and Honor Band 6. However, its build is a class above, and it offers some Fitbit-specific features that may appeal.

Most bands like this have a plastic casing, but the Fitbit Luxe’s is stainless steel. Apple uses this on the sides of its iPhone 12 Pro series phones. Much harder than the aluminum, it should keep your Luxe looking fresh for longer.

That look is important because Fitbit wants to trade on the idea you can consider the Luxe “jewelry” rather than just a functional fitness tracker. It has announced a Gorjana version of the Fitbit Luxe to prove the point. It’s a $199.95 special edition of the watch with a striking gold link strap, and gold casing.

Three standard versions are available: all black, a gold casing with a “Lunar White” strap, or a silver casing with a pink strap.

Fitbit has not followed Honor and Xiaomi in radically increasing the size of the Luxe’s screen. This is a petite 0.76-inch display according to Wareable but is still a clear step up from the Fitbit Inspire 2 as it uses a full-color OLED panel.

This is one of the first Fitbit products launched since Google’s acquisition of the company in January 2021. However, as a “non-smart” band, it doesn’t tell us too much about the future direction of Fitbit’s software platform.

The band also lacks GPS, but its optical heart rate sensor does have additional red LEDs to allow for SPO2 blood oxygen readings. Standard exercise tracking relies upon the Fitbit Luxe’s 3-axis motion sensor, likely to make this a better step counter than a tracker for runs and hikes.

However, it can connect to your phone to use its GPS for better exercise data. A Fitbit Luxe will do the job for casual run tracking.

You will be able to wear it 24/7 too. The Fitbit Luxe has 5ATM water resistance and battery life of up to five days, similar to the Fitbit Versa 3.

Other features include menstrual health and stress tracking, and it comes with a six-month trial of Fitbit Premium. This usually costs $9.99 a month, and the standard trial is 90 days, making this a ~$30 saving.

You can pre-order a $149.99 Fitbit Luxe now, and the Fitbit website suggests bands will start shipping in late May.