Fitbit Versa 3: release date, price and our specs wishlist

Fitbit Versa 3: release date, price and our specs wishlist

A big Versa 2 feature is Alexa

Now that we’re well into the second half of 2020, an official announcement on the Fitbit Versa 3 is sure to be just around the corner, so we’ve rounded up all the information we know so far, including a potential release date, likely features and updates we’d like to see.

2020’s been a big year for smartwatches. With the whole word stuck indoors, sales for fitness trackers have skyrocketed as the need to keep tabs on one’s health has never felt more important. With that in mind, Fitbit has a huge task on its hands.

If the Fitbit Versa 3 stays at the same price as its predecessor whilst adding some much needed features (built-in GPS anyone?), then it could be the fitness tracker to buy for 2020. Until we get the device in our hands for testing however, it’s all down to leaks and speculation, and we’ve got both in spades.

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Fitbit Versa 3 – Release date

The Fitbit Versa 2 was unveiled at last year’s IFA event in Berlin and released shortly after, which is why we predict another September release date for the Fitbit Versa 3.

Even though a great deal of IFA 2020 will be taking place behind closed doors, it still offers one of the best opportunities for Fitbit to introduce the Versa 3 on a global scale.

Fitbit Versa 3 – Price

This one’s a bit of a no brainer. All of the mainline Fitbit Versa devices (with the exception of the Fitbit Versa Lite) have reigned in at £199, so it’s a fair guess to assume the Fitbit Versa 3 will also be priced at £199.

The only reason why the Fitbit Versa might see a price hike is if the company is looking to retire its Fitbit Ionic range and give the Versa series a spec boost to have it compete with the likes of Garmin and Polar. It’s unlikely mind you, but stranger things have happened.

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Fitbit Versa 3 – New features

Much like the Fitbit Versa 3’s release date and price, there’s very little to go on in terms of new features, but one little nugget of information has dropped to imply a major shift in the onboard smart assistant.

When trawling through the APK notes for a recent Fitbit Versa 2 software update, 9to5 Google found references to the Google Assistant. This shouldn’t be too surprising as Google’s buyout of Fitbit is currently underway, and it’s hard to imagine Google wanting to keep Amazon’s Alexa as the default smart assistant onboard the Versa 2. Subject to the buyout’s approval, this pretty much guarantees that the Fitbit Versa 3 will launch with Google Assistant built in.

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Fitbit Versa 3 – Wishlist

For all the things that are still left up to speculation, you can be sure that we’ve got an opinion for what we’d like to see on the Fitbit Versa 3. Here are the new Fitbit Versa 3 features we’d like to make an appearance:

  • Built-in GPS – This is almost a given as the Fitbit Charge 4 has this feature, but its omission from the Fitbit Versa 2 felt like a huge oversight as it had already become commonplace on most Wear OS smartwatches.
  • Wider Fitbit Pay Support – Until Fitbit can get some of the major worldwide banks onboard, Fitbit Pay will always be a bit of a dud. Still, with Google soon to be at the helm, it would be even better to see Google Pay replace Fitbit Pay entirely.
  • Offline Spotify – This would be such an easy win for Fitbit as it’s one of Wear OS’s biggest shortcomings – the inability to download Spotify playlists directly to your watch. Fitbit does support Deezer offline, but seeing this feature open up for Spotify users could be a game-changer.

Should I wait for the Fitbit Versa 3?

By a lot of standards, the Fitbit Versa 2 was a bit of a letdown. Sure, the inclusion of Amazon Alexa was a nice touch, but there was no audio feedback on the watch itself, leaving all responses to text form. Similarly, the expanded Spotify controls are definitely appreciated, but with no offline playback, you still need to bring your phone with you on a Versa 2-assisted workout.

We’d definitely recommend waiting for the Fitbit Versa 3, but if you want an inexpensive fitness tracker/smartwatch hybrid right this minute, then the Fitbit Versa Lite offers some fantastic value for money. Now even cheaper than when it was released, the Versa Lite is more than capable of providing detailed assistance to entry-level fitness enthusiasts – just don’t expect it to wow the hardcore gym goers.

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