Fitbit Versa 2 user manual surfaces showing off Amazon Alexa support

New images appear to give us a proper look at the new Versa

It looks like we have more evidence that the Fitbit Versa 2 is the real deal after images of what appear to be the retail box along with a page from the user guide for the rumoured smartwatch have surfaced.

The packaging (if legit) seems to confirm that the name of Fitbit’s next smartwatch will be the Versa 2 and will introduce a voice assistant, which will be Amazon’s Alexa.

It also reveals that features like 24/7 heart rate tracking, app and notification support, and the promise of 4+ days of battery life will also be in tow. We can expect a swim-proof design like the current Versa, connected GPS, the ability to track 18+ exercises, Fitbit Pay support, an always-on display mode and a built-in music player with the ability to store around 300 songs.

Fitbit Versa 2 user manual surfaces firming up Alexa support

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Alongside the packaging a page from the Versa 2 user manual gives us an idea of how Alexa will be of use on the new Versa suggesting it can be used to set timers, control smart lights and check the weather.

Fitbit Versa 2 user manual surfaces firming up Alexa support

The source for the pics of the retail box also suggests that the Versa 2 will go on sale on the 15 September and will be announced on the 25 August. Again, none of this information is confirmed, so it could be totally on the money or wide of the mark.

Fitbit Versa 2: Story so far

This isn't first time we've heard that a successor to the Fitbit Versa was on the way. Our first piece of evidence came courtesy of serial leakster Evan Blass who shared the official-looking renders above with the caption, "The next Versa-class smartwatch from Fitbit."

Along with new leaks, it seems increasingly likely what we are looking at here is the follow-up to the Versa - and not the Ionic 2.

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The picture shows off a pretty similar design, suggesting the new Versa will be available in a series of finishes with the offer of both stylish and sporty band options. The first Versa was already a slim and light watch with a vibrant display, so Fitbit's working on a solid foundation. It does look like some corners may have been smoothed, too, refining the design a little.

The watch in the image above also shows some pretty standard information on the screen, like step counts, heart rate and calories burned, and some new watch faces. For both the Fitbit Versa and Versa Lite Edition, there was a dearth of analogue watch faces - though a couple do appear in Blass' leaked images.

Fitbit Versa 2: Features

Of these renders, though, it's the black model lends us the most information - it indicates that Fitbit will introduce a smart assistant to the Versa 2, and it appears very likely it could be Amazon's Alexa.

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We have seen Alexa appear on smartwatches before, like the Martian mVoice Watch and the DokiWatch kids' smartwatch, but this would be the first high-profile smartwatch to pack in the smart assistant.

That means we are likely to see a microphone and speaker on board, something that you do get on the Apple Watch, Samsung's smartwatches and a host of Wear OS smartwatches, too. Our experiences with smart assistants on the wrist haven't been all that great, so if Fitbit does add Alexa or its own assistant, we hope it has something pretty special to show off.

Beyond that, you can expect to see a host of returning features that were present in the first Versa, from 50-metre water resistance to sleep tracking, female health tracking, Fitbit Pay, and an impressive battery life.

Fitbit Versa 2: Release date and pricing

The timing of those images surfacing seems to indicate we probably won't have to wait long to find out just what Fitbit has in store. It could be that the Versa 2 is released as early as IFA 2019, in early September. If not, expect it before the end of the year.

In terms of pricing, the Versa launched at $200, so we'd expect the follow-up to stick at around the same price point, although a small bump is possible given some extra features. We'd be surprised if it rises above $220.

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