Fitbit is set to launch a pair of Bluetooth sports headphones in fall 2017, alongside its first proper Fitbit smartwatch. That's according to Yahoo's anonymous sources who have let details and pictures of the upcoming device slip.
They say that the Fitbit headphones will be two earbuds attached by a wire that sits around the wearer's neck. The sources also say they will be similar in design to Apple's Beats X earbuds and implied that we shouldn't expect a pair of AirPods/Bragi Dash/Jabra Sport Elite-style completely wireless hearables.
The in-ear headphones will come in two colours - Nightfall Blue and Lunar Gray, which we assume matches the upcoming watch. Other design elements include a metallic accent and in-ear moulds that will help drown out ambient noise.
The new Fitbit watch is expected to offer music streaming courtesy of Pandora. Apparently Spotify integration was ruled out in the early stages of the watch development. Apart from playing music, we don't yet know whether the Fitbit earbuds will have any other functions.
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We'd be surprised if there were no extra features - activity tracking or heart rate perhaps - though if they are a companion accessory to a smartwatch which does all that plus GPS then dumb 'phones make more sense even with the Fitbit brand on them.
As for pricing, the same sources suggest it'll be somewhere around the $150 mark. The fall 2017 launch date seems tied to the fate of the delayed Fitbit smartwatch, which has been hit by production issues around GPS and waterproofing.
Source: Yahoo Finance