A little over a year has passed since Fitbit Versa 3 was first made available to the general public. In this post, we speculate about the Versa 4, including its potential debut date, technical specifications, and rumors.
The Fitbit Versa is the company’s most well-known smartwatch. Indeed, a spinoff in the shape of Sense was produced by our company. But it is still unknown whether there will be a Sense 2 or whether Fitbit and Google will collaborate to create an all-purpose smartwatch. In that case, we might be able to get our hands on the rumored Pixel Watch. According to reports, information regarding this one has already spread. Or something that is going to be known by a different name. Let’s not forget that the search giant announced at the 2021 Google IO event in May that it is collaborating with Fitbit on developing a Wear OS wearable.
Consequently, the release of a Fitbit Sense 2 is still a big question mark, but a Fitbit Versa 4 is almost certainly in the cards. Since the company introduced the first Versa gadget in April of 2018, the entire line of products has proven to be very successful in terms of sales.
Yet, there seems to be no information or genuine leaks regarding the next-gen watch, which is an exciting development. That really ought not to come as much of a shock to anyone. It seems as though Fitbit is pretty skilled at keeping things a secret. There were also a few instances in the past where the photos and specifications of forthcoming devices were published online before their official release. However, this was often one to two weeks before the product’s official launch date.
That doesn’t really provide us with much to go on. This post will, of course, be updated with new information as soon as it is made available to us. In the meanwhile, what follows is our opinion on the design and technical specifications that would constitute an obvious next step. Plus a few of the things that would make our wish list complete.
The Fitbit Versa 4 Exceeds Design Expectations in Many Ways
Presentation and General Appearance
Regarding the aesthetics aspect, Fitbit is not precisely recognized as a company that pushes the envelope. When all of the many versions of Versa are laid out next to one another, it is easy to see how similar they are to one another.
We might, possibly, get an even more rounded design. Similar to the Luxe and the Charge 5, they have a more uniformly smooth appearance than the Versa, which gives the impression that they are more ergonomic.
However, you shouldn’t anticipate any significant changes. Fitbit preferred to make incremental cosmetic improvements with each iteration rather than introducing significant new features. Why try to create anything from nothing? Perhaps this is the reason why Sense has stolen the design from Versa.
However, there was a significant shift that occurred during the third generation. The size of the AMOLED was increased to 1.58 inches, up from 1.39 inches previously. It goes without saying that this is a wise choice, given that a more prominent display is simpler to read. Even more impressive is the fact that they accomplished this without significantly expanding the dimensions of the device’s casing; instead, it went from 39.8 millimeters by 39.8 millimeters to 40.48 millimeters by 40.48 millimeters.
The bezel surrounding the display has been reduced in size due to this. It does not go all the way to the edge, so there is enough for one more very slight increase in the amount of screen space available. We’ve seen this with smartphones, so Fitbit may integrate curved screen technology to provide users with an experience that extends all the way to the device’s edges.
There is currently no method available to expand further the screen size that does not involve increasing the overall dimensions of the gadget. And that is not something that we see happening.
Display resolution, on the other hand, is another area with room for development. The resolution of the Versa 3 is now 336 x 336 pixels, although this could potentially be increased to 454 × 454 pixels.
Another thing that would indicate development for Fitbit would be if they could make the screen use less power than it now does. In this manner, choosing the always-on option would less impact the amount of time the battery would last. At the moment, it reduces the size by approximately one-half.
Exist any Other Modifications?
Although we do not anticipate Fitbit decreasing the thickness of the Versa 4’s case, the company could potentially make the case somewhat smaller, especially when one considers that the most recent generation has a thickness that has expanded from 12 millimeters to 12.35 millimeters.
Another modification that came with the Versa 3 was the addition of a single physical button in place of the previous two. The first version featured three buttons. The one on the most recent version is set back inside the case, making it much easier to conceal.
In our opinion, it’s unlikely that Fitbit will ever do away with physical buttons totally. They come in handy in various situations, such as when your hands are wet or braving the cold while wearing gloves. In these circumstances, using the touch display controls is pointless.
When everything is said and done, it is hard to envision Fitbit changing very much concerning how it looks. As a result, we anticipate the Versa 4 to be very similar to its predecessor, albeit possibly with a more contemporary design approach and a display with a higher resolution.
The water resistance rating will most likely remain the same at 5 ATM because there is no reason to increase it. Every member of the Fitbit family has a water resistance rating of up to 50 meters, which is sufficient for light rain and splashing. There aren’t many people who really need to go deep-sea diving when wearing a Fitbit.
There is always room for development in the realm of battery life. The Fitbit Versa 3 has a battery life of around 6 days when used commonly. This time period is reduced to just two days when the always-on display option is used. When you turn on your GPS, this time is reduced to 12 hours. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the corporation will find a way to make this better.
Fitbit Versa 4: Features
When it comes to the conceivable features, this heavily depends on when the game will be released. In the not-too-distant future, we anticipate a significant shift toward more advanced sensor technologies. The ability to measure blood pressure directly from the wrist and other exciting technological advances may soon make wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers indispensable rather than merely desirable.
Rockley Photonics is a noteworthy example in this regard. Apple and other companies collaborate with a UK electronics startup to investigate next-generation health technology. It is reported that they have invented a one-of-a-kind spectrometer-on-a-chip platform capable of measuring blood pressure, glucose levels, hydration levels, and alcohol levels with precision comparable to that of a medical professional from the wrist. A game-changer even though it only performs half of these functions. By the middle of 2022, it is anticipated that devices will be available with this technology.
This contains the capability of measuring the electrodiagram of your device. It is necessary to rest your fingertips on the four corners of the Sense casing to get an accurate reading. Aside from that, it is entirely reasonable to anticipate that some of the functionality included in Sense will be ported over to Versa 4.
Stress monitoring is another potential improvement. This is something that the Versa 3 is capable of, but Sense uses signals from the electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor, which analyzes the amount of moisture present in the skin. This results in more accurate measurements overall.
The direction that sensor technology takes in the future will significantly impact the trajectory of future advances. The list of the possible outcomes is somewhat extensive. As was discussed earlier, significant shifts may be on the horizon.
Will Fitbit Remove the Paywall in the Near Future?
Fitbit has implemented a frustrating paywall. You are able to view the majority of your fitness and health stats at this time. However, in order to view longer-term patterns and obtain further information on specific data, you will need to pay for a Premium Subscription. This is definitely at the very top of everyone’s wish list.
It should come as no surprise that we do not support this strategy. The majority of people are not. Although it provides an additional source of revenue for Fitbit, most companies do not take this strategy. Let’s hope Fitbit reconsiders.
Integrated Space for the Storage of Music.
In theory, both the Sense and the Versa 3 can store musical content. But things aren’t quite as simple as they first appear to be.
This functionality is supported by the built-in storage capacity of the pair, which totals 2.5 GB. This is sufficient for approximately 300 songs. The wristwatch is compatible with streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer, giving users access to millions of songs. And some of these allow you to download music directly onto your watch, though most people would rather not pay for yet another membership service.
Unfortunately, you are unable to transfer songs to the watches at this time individually. You are able to accomplish this with your Ionic, Versa, and Versa 2 devices.
Perhaps Fitbit views this as a potential additional source of revenue. The business recently stated that it does not intend to implement an option for users to load their own music onto the Fitbit Versa 3 or the Sense. It restricts access to functions that the device previously offered without charge to users of subscription services alone.
A significant number of people desire the independence to transfer music using their preferred music apps. Genuine offline audio support would be a massive draw for people who like to exercise without their phones, such as by running or cycling. It is a waste of time and effort not to have it.
An Updated Computer Operating System?
The acquisition of Fitbit by Google has not actually brought about that much of a shift in the situation. At least not up to this point. It would appear that everything is proceeding as usual, and Fitbit is producing new devices consistently. However, that might shift in the near future.
Who knows, the future iteration of Fitbit’s smartwatch might even be capable of transitioning from the present operating system to Wear OS 3.0. Because of this, the next gadget in the range will be very different from the others in the lineup. Although it’s pretty unlikely, anything is possible at this point. It would give users access to a wide variety of applications that third parties developed.
Fitbit Versa 4: Release date, Pricing
Fitbit’s release schedule is relatively consistent. About once every two years, Fitbit releases new iterations of its various wearable tracking gadgets. On the other hand, the Versa lineup is an exception in that it has received revisions on a more regular basis. Maybe due to the fact that it’s so popular.
The release timetable for the Versa range, as it now stands, is detailed below. The time that elapses in between can be anywhere from 12 to 17 months.
- April 2018 – Fitbit Versa
- September 2019 – Fitbit Versa 2
- August 2020 – Fitbit Versa 3
What can we conclude about a possible release date based on this information? There is nothing significant other than the fact that the new gadget is scheduled to be released in the next few months.
However, you shouldn’t look for anything before the year 2021 is over. It would be a waste of time and money to introduce a new smartwatch in the heart of the holiday shopping season when prices on virtually everything are at their lowest.
Despite this, it has already been a year since the release of the third iteration of the Versa platform. Therefore, there is a possibility that we will be informed of something during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2022. In the event that it does not happen, then we could be looking at an unveiling in the spring. After that, the following chance of note would be the IFA 2022 in Berlin, which will take place at the end of August or the beginning of September.
Once more, we need to have a look at several distinct editions of the book. Regarding the cost, that will be determined to a considerable extent by the specifications. The base model will most likely be sold in stores at a price range of approximately $230. This is the price at which one can purchase the most recent edition. After that, there will be a Lite edition that costs less and a Special edition that costs more. The one exception to this rule is if Fitbit comes out with a watch with built-in cellular connectivity. That would add an additional sum ranging from $50 to $100 to the total item cost.