Fitbit smartwatch may stumble onto the scene later this year

Apr 13, 2017, 00:44
Fitbit smartwatch may stumble onto the scene later this year

According to Yahoo Finance, Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch, as well as an upcoming pair of Bluetooth headphones, have been delayed due to production challenges related to the watch's Global Positioning System antennae and waterproofing.

Citing sources aware of the development, the report mentions that the company is faced with several technical difficulties including the Global Positioning System antenna not working in the final prototype and not being able to entirely waterproof the device. "They had to go back to the drawing board to redesign the product..." sources who spoke to Yahoo Finance said. Fitbit's smartwatch is said to include a color display with peak brightness of 1,000 nits, which would make it comparable to Apple Watch Series 2. Apparently, a final prototype revealed a flaw in where the antenna was placed, causing the Global Positioning System to malfunction. The wireless buds are planned to be worn over the neck and will come in two colors, named "Nightfall Blue" and "Lunar Gray". Indeed, it's still unclear as of the publication of this article whether the device will launch with the waterproof feature. "It's literally sink or swim time for them".

The main issues - according to the report - surround the watch's Global Positioning System components and waterproofing which have forced the delay.

Fitbit has not yet officially commented on any of this so we'll have to wait and see when it decides to share more information with the press about this. The design of the new watch is allegedly not too different from that of the Blaze, and is "definitely not sexy".

Fitbit was planning to release its first "proper" smartwatch but the project has been blighted by a series of production mishaps. They state that several employees have complained about the design, which resembles their already existing smartwatch offering - the Blaze.

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