Meet the Fitbit Luxe. This fashion-focused fitness and wellness tracker is the first gadget to leave Fitbit’s R&D department since the company was acquired by Google back in January for $2.1 billion. It’s likely the Fitbit Luxe was finished well before the acquisition, so it might not be the best representation of what Google’s vision for the fitness firm will be. However, the Luxe nonetheless seems to be a pretty solid device.
At a pretty reasonable £129.99 (that’s £40 less than a pair of Apple AirPods), unsurprisingly, the Fitbit Luxe misses out on some of the best tech found in Fitbit’s smartwatches. There’s no GPS or Fitbit Pay for contactless payment at the checkout, for example. However, its jewellery-like design and thinnest-ever profile of any Fitbit trackers should appeal to those who want to start tracking their exercise, sleep and stress levels without spending a small fortune and being forced to lug around a chunky smartwatch on their wrist (that needs to be charged every night).
Fitbit Luxe has a small AMOLED display that shows your latest step counts and other fitness stats. It can also show previews of incoming text messages and caller ID, so you can quickly glance and decide whether you need to make your excuses to answer your phone. Notifications from smartphone apps can be displayed on the screen too – so you can check your email, or Google Maps directions from your first.
Luxe ships with a number of new clock faces designed to take advantage of the colour screen – a first for Fitbit’s svelte tracker products. Since it’s a button-less design, navigating on the AMOLED screen is handled with taps and swipes.
Despite its small stature, Fitbit has still managed to pack 24/7 heart-rate tracking into the new Luxe band. As well as powering its wellness features, this heart-rate tracking allows the Fitbit Luxe to track your heart beats in real-time during exercise to better measure your calorie-burn. Ongoing measurements of your resting heart rate can also provide an insight into your overhaul fitness levels.
When it comes to exercise, the Fitbit Luxe has 20 on-wrist exercise modes, including golf, pilates, spinning or tennis. For those who prefer running, biking or hiking outside, you can use exercise modes with connected GPS from your phone to see real-time pace and distance. And Fitbit Premium – a monthly subscription service, like Apple Fitness+ or Peloton – brings access to more than 200 guided audio and video workouts to do anytime and anywhere from certified personal trainers and popular brands like Aaptiv, barre3, Daily Burn, obé and POPSUGAR.
Since Luxe is water-resistant to 50metres, there are tracking modes for swimming too, so you don’t have to keep craning to see the clock to check how long you’ve been swimming in your local pool.
While tracking your exercise you can gauge when to push harder or scale back with Active Zone Minutes, a personalised standard for tracking activity beyond steps that measures your time spent in each heart rate zone. This can help you track your moderate and intense activity so you can reach the weekly recommended goal of 150 Active Zone Minutes to help improve your health. If you’re running at the same pace day in, day out, Fitbit can provide reminders to push yourself, for example.
With the Fitbit companion app on your iPhone or Android, Fitbit Luxe owners can track their menstrual cycle too. This includes dates for periods as well as symptoms. You can use this data to track ovulation too.
And finally, Fitbit Luxe leans into the stress tracking features we first saw crop up in the Fitbit Sense smartwatch last year. Using the 24/7 heart-rate sensor, the Fitbit Luxe will provide a Stress Management Score based on a daily assessment of your body’s ability to handle stress based on your activity levels, sleep and heart rate.
If you’re a Fitbit Premium subscriber, this score becomes a lot more useful. That’s because you’ll receive a detailed breakdown of your Stress Management Score including information on your exertion, sleep patterns and responsiveness. Premium members also unlock access to some 200 mindfulness sessions from popular brands like Aaptiv, Aura, Breethe and Ten Percent Happier to manage stress. This includes Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method, an exclusive wellness collection created and curated for Premium members with more than 30 sessions to make a mindfulness practice more accessible.
Since it’s designed to be worn all day every day, it’s a relief that Fitbit Luxe – despite its thin design and AMOLED touchscreen – still packs a five-day battery life.
Luxe is available for pre-order today right now, with the first tracking bands set to be delivered in the coming weeks. Fitbit Luxe costs £129.99 and comes with a bundled six-month free membership to Fitbit Premium (£47.94 value). Following the six-month trial for Luxe, owners can continue to use Fitbit Premium at a cost of £7.99 a month or £79.99 a year. Fitbit Luxe’s range of accessories, bands, and extras cost between £19.99 and £89.99 and are available from Fitbit.com
“Over the past year, we’ve had to think differently about our health and wellness from keeping an eye out for possible COVID-19 symptoms to managing the ongoing stress and anxiety of today’s world. Even though we are starting to see positive changes, it has never been more important to control your holistic health,” said James Park, VP, GM and Co-Founder of Fitbit.
“That’s why we’ve doubled down on our efforts to introduce innovative tools and insights to support you in staying mentally well and physically active. We’ve made major technological advancements with Luxe, creating a smaller, slimmer, beautifully designed tracker packed with these advanced features – some that were previously only available with our smartwatches – and providing access to these tools to even more people around the globe.”