When will the Fitbit Charge 5 be released?
Up until recently Fitbit has been on a pretty regular cycle when it comes to updating the Charge line, but this may have changed in 2020.
It makes predicting the Charge 5's arrival something of a challenge. You can see what we mean by looking at when the previous models appeared;
- Fitbit Charge 1 - November 2014
- Fitbit Charge 2 - September 2016
- Fitbit Charge 3 - October 2018
- Fitbit Charge 4 - March 2020
Initially Fitbit used roughly a two-year cycle of updating the Charge devices, but that changed in 2020 with the Fitbit Charge 4 that came out only a year and a half after the Charge 3. Could this mean that Fitbit is stepping up its design and production schedule to ensure it doesn’t get overtaken by the swathe of cheaper models?
If the pattern is true, then expect to see the Fitbit Charge 5 make its debut in September 2021. In the meantime, you can familiarise yourself with the current model by reading our Fitbit Charge 4 review.
How much will the Fitbit Charge 5 cost?
Again, this remains entirely speculative at the moment as Fitbit has yet to even confirm the existence of the Charge 5. To find a figure we must look to the prices of past Charges.
- Fitbit Charge 2 - £139.99/$149.95
- Fitbit Charge 3 - £129.99/$149.95
- Fitbit Charge 4 - £129.99/$149.95
There’s more predictability on pricing when you see how Fitbit has placed the Charge models over the past few years. Now, of course, these are far more expensive than the £50/$50 mark that the AmazFit Band 5, Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 and Xiaomi Mi Band 5 occupy, but this is mainly because Fitbit has its own cheaper model in the form to the Inspire 2, Inspire HR and original Inspire.
At the time of writing the Fitbit Inspire 2 cost £89.99/$99.95, which is still more than the rivals we’ve mentioned, so it could be that a newer Inspire model arrives at a lower price point.
Going on the history we have though, it looks very likely that the Fitbit Charge 5 will come with a £129.99/$149.95 price, although whether that’s wise or not is another matter.
What new features will we see in the Fitbit Charge 5?
The Fitbit Charge 4 introduced features like built-in GPS and Active Zone Minutes, the latter of which personalises activities to your age and resting heart rate.
As we’ve mentioned above, nothing has been confirmed about the Fitbit Charge 5 as of yet, but here is our wish list of things that we hope could be included when the device becomes a reality.
Blood Oxygen Monitoring
You may have noticed that these are all smartwatches rather than activity trackers, but there are some who suggest that if the price of the Fitbit Charge 5 remains as high as its predecessors, then it will need a feature like this to justify that lofty amount.
We did see partial use of this technology in the Fitbit Charge 4 as part of sleep monitoring, but a fully-fledged version would be a serious upgrade.
With the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 and AmazFit Band 5 featuring colour AMOLED displays, while also boasting 10+ days of battery life, we think it’s about time that Fitbit brought this feature to the Charge.
Music controls for more services
The Fitbit Charge 4 introduced music controls (hooray!) but only for Spotify Premium subscribers (boo!). It would make sense to see this capability opened up to the likes of Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music Prime and others.
Fitbit Pay is a handy, but with so many of us now using Apple Pay and Google Pay, it would again make sense to see the selection of banks and services available for this feature increased.