Production Issues Delay Fitbit’s Upcoming Smartwatch Release



According to a report by Yahoo! Finance, a series of production mishaps has delayed the launch of Fitbit’s first true smartwatch, forcing the fitness tracker company to push an original spring launch to this fall. At least two sources familiar with the matter said that Fitbit’s design team ran into problems making its smartwatch fully waterproof, which is a key design element for the Apple Watch Series 2.

“Regardless of whether Fitbit manages to make it waterproof, I think they have to release the watch later this year,” one of our sources familiar with the matter told Yahoo Finance. “It’s literally sink or swim time for them.”

“In one of the more final prototypes, the GPS wasn’t working because the antennae wasn’t in the right place,” one of those sources told Yahoo Finance. “They had to go back to the drawing board to redesign the product so the GPS got a strong signal.”

The sources also gave out details about Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch, saying that it will include a color display with 1,000 nits of brightness comparable to the Apple Watch Series 2. It will also sport a built-in GPS chip, heart-rate monitoring, the ability to make touchless payments, the ability to store and play music from Pandora and up to four days of battery life.

Fitbit also plans on releasing a pair of Bluetooth headphones alongside the smartwatch later this year.


  • erth

    i have a blaze and it is a great watch for everyday use and also for running. it has notifications and a vibrate function for alarms. i have been thinking about an iwatch, but i hear that the battery life is very short. the blaze is good for 2 or 3 days of normal use.

  • Chrome262

    my series 1 last about 24 hours, maybe more, i usually charge it when i get home, and wear it to bed to measure sleep. but its usually still at 50 percent, so it could last longer i suspect. If you take off your watch even night at bed not sure it matters if the watch lasts longer then a day or two. Unless you camp a bunch lol

  • Mark Woodford

    I have a Pebble Time which got me 5 days of battery with my usage patterns. I was a Time 2 and Core backer but unfortunately that never happened 🙁 but I did get my refund though. My wife got me an Apple Watch Series 2 for Christmas and I have been pleasantly surprised with the 2.5 days of battery life that I am getting out of it.