Fitbit has officially unveiled the Flex 2, the successor to its iconic band that first launched in 2013.
Arriving alongside the Fitbit Charge 2, the Flex 2 builds on the more stylish design ethos introduced with the Blaze and the Alta.
Full preview: Fitbit Flex 2 review
Read on for the full lowdown on the Fitbit Flex 2. You can check out our first impressions by clicking the link above and we'll publish a full review as soon as we've been able to fully test one.
Fitbit Flex 2: Design
The Flex 2 still features a removable tracker but it's now longer and sits centrally inside the band adding colour LED lights to indicate tracking progress and offer phone notification support (more on that shortly).
It's also offering a range of classic bands, elegant bangles or pendants, giving you the kind of versatility you'd normally associate with Misfit's fitness trackers. It's worth noting that when you are wearing the Flex 2 module, some tracking modes like sleep tracking and SmartTrack may be disabled.
There are luxe, premium mirror-finish bangles in silver stainless steel and 22k-plated gold or rose gold stainless steel. There are also lariat-style necklaces in silver stainless steel or 22k-plated gold stainless steel.
Fitbit is offering a range of designer collections for the Flex 2, teaming up with Public School, Tory Burch and Simply Vera Vera Wang for Kohl's. All collections will be available in 2016.
Fitbit claims it is has made the Flex 2 30% smaller than the original, but the real story here is that this is the wearable tech heavyweight's first swim-proof tracker. It's water resistant up to 50 metres, matching the Misfit Shine 2 and Garmin Vivosmart HR+ for the depths you can take it for a dip in the swimming pool, the ocean and take it in the shower.
Fitbit Flex 2: Activity tracking
In terms of tracking the Flex 2 covers the bases, monitoring steps, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity and sleep. You also get the benefit of Fitbit's SmartTrack tech to automatically recognise and log select workouts, which includes walking, running, cycling and aerobic workouts.
With its new water-resistant design, you do also get some swim tracking features, letting you automatically track pool sessions and delivering metrics on laps, duration and calories burned.
To keep you motivated, you can set up reminders to stay active during the day, hit mini hourly goals and generally just not be lazy. Fitbit is now also offering personalised weekly exercise goals to give you that added motivational push.
All of the data will of course be stored in the Fitbit app where the company has added new features like leaderboard, and new Fitbit Challenges to virtually experience iconic landmarks and trails to give help give you that extra motivational push to explore.
Fitbit Flex 2: Battery life
Battery life is up to five days, which is what the original Flex delivered. That's also on par with the Alta and the Blaze, which is surprising as the Flex 2 doesn't include a screen that displays text.
Fitbit Flex 2: Smartphone notifications
There's smartphone notification support here too, just don't expect to be able to read your messages without reaching in your pocket for your phone. The new vertically positioned LED display uses colour-coded lights to let you know about calls and texts as well as indicating progress towards your daily goals. As long as your phone is nearby.
A blue LED indicates calls and texts, yellow signals that silent alarm, red is your cue to move and green will appear when you've successfully hit your goal.
Fitbit Flex 2: Price and release date
The Flex 2 is available globally for pre-order now from the Fitbit website and will start rolling out to retail stores in the fall/autumn. It's priced at $99.95, the same as the original, making it cheaper than the Alta. You can take your pick from black, lavender, magenta or navy bands.
You can also pick up Classic straps in a three-pack ($29.95) while bangle accessories in gold, rose gold and rose gold are priced at $99.95. The stainless steel bangle will set you back $89.95. The pendant accessory in gold is priced at $99.95 and it's $79.95 for the stainless steel version.
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