Google has announced the Fitbit Charge 5 and made it available for pre-order for those who want to get their hands on it on launch day. The latest iteration of the Fitbit Charge comes with several hardware upgrades including an AMOLED always-on colour display that’s two times brighter and an EDA sensor to track the wearer’s stress levels.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is the first Fitbit tracker to come with an EDA sensor designed to monitor the body’s stress levels through sweat glands. The firm did include the technology on the Fitbit Sense smartwatch but the Charge 5 is available at a more approachable price of $179.95 compared to the Sense which costs $249.95.
With the Charge 5, you’ll also have a Stress Management Score in the Fitbit app. If you find that your levels are high, you can access 300 meditation and mindfulness sessions with a Premium subscription. Google also took the opportunity to announce a partnership with Calm saying that Premium users will have access to all of Calm’s meditation content.
In addition to stress monitoring, the Fitbit Charge 5 can also track atrial fibrillation, heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature variation, Sp02 and your sleep. The Premium subscription will allow you to monitor these items and identify long-term trends and personal ranges as well as get advice on how to improve sleep quality.
The Fitbit Charge 5 can be pre-ordered from the Fitbit website for $179.95. Shipments are expected to start in late September. The Fitbit Charge 5 will also be available from select global retailers later on.