Ready for a new fitness watch? The long awaited Fitbit Versa 4 and Fitbit Sense2 could launch much sooner than expected, according to a new leak.
The information comes from 9to5Googlewhich reported that the two new Fitbit watches are currently aiming for a spring launch – which, if correct, would mean we should see the watches before the end of May – although the site adds that “plans could switch “.
The site remains tight-lipped about the nature of its source, but there’s plenty more information to go along with the release date leak. The Versa 4 and Sense 2 are said to share the same screen size and rounded-corner shape, just like the original Sense and Versa 3, which launched in August 2020.
It’s also reported that the devices could ditch the recessed solid-state ‘button’ of previous models after poor reception from users who found it less than intuitive. The tactile indentation could be removed and replaced with the old physical button, which was used on the Versa 2.
A recent teardown gave us an indication that the Versa 4 and Sense 2, codenamed Rhea and Hera, were on the way this year. Those codenames were mentioned alongside a display resolution of 336 x 336 pixels, the same as the original Fitbit Sense and Versa 3.
Analysis: Fitbit wants to stand out from the pack
With the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Apple Watch 8 also on the horizon, 2022 is about to get very interesting when it comes to smartwatch releases from major brands.
There’s no word yet on a release date for either of these watches, so it stands to reason that an early launch might be best for Fitbit: a fitness enthusiast who just buying a Versa 4 is unlikely to switch to Samsung anytime soon.
Based on the August release date of Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense, and Fitbit’s tendency to release devices on a two-year cycle, we weren’t expecting new devices until the end of this year.
As far as we know, Fitbit won’t use Wear OS, so no drastic changes are expected to be made to prepare the devices for a new OS; and if the watches are ready to go, Fitbit moving their release date to stay ahead of its competitors could prove to be a smart move.