Leak: Fitbit Charge 5 with a new design – and a new sensor?

The first batch of pictures of the Fitbit Charge 5 is here! The renderings show the tracker from all sides – and reveal an interesting detail in addition to a finally, finally, finally more modern design. It may be a new sensor.

  • Fitbit Charge 5 leaked on render images;
  • finally comes with a rounder, more modern design;
  • possibly a new sensor is on board.

There was a first look at Charge 5 several weeks ago – but only from the front. Now, thanks to Evan Blass, we can marvel at the complete design of the fitness smartwatch. I don’t want to keep you tortured for long – this is what the Fitbit Charge 5 looks like:

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This is what the new Fitbit Charge 5 presumably looks like. / © Fitbit (via evleaks)

The long, shiny metallic stripes on both sides are an interesting detail. While the colleagues from TheVerge assume capacitive buttons here, I consider the contacts (also) to be a sensor. After all, Fitbit has hidden the capacitive button much better on the Sense and Versa 3.

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So what kind of sensor could that be? It would be conceivable, for example, that the EKG sensor from the Sense could now also make it into the Charge series. Or we may also see a sensor for the impedance analysis in the Charge 5, as in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic). The body composition can be estimated using bioelectrical impedance analysis, for example in terms of muscle mass, body fat percentage or water percentage.

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This color variant is my personal favorite. / © Fitbit (via evleaks)

Perhaps this could also compensate for the weakness of Fitbit’s Aria scales: After you only stand with your feet on the body fat scales, they only record the composition of the lower half of the body, strictly speaking. The composition of the upper half of the body can also be recorded using a smartwatch, which improves overall accuracy.

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What does the bar on the display want to tell us? / © Fitbit (via evleaks)

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More detailed leaks including official renderings usually also mean that a launch is imminent. So in the next few days or weeks, we should find out what’s behind the stripes on the side. And then we may also know what the level indicator on the Charge 5 watch face refers to. Since Fitbit currently relies heavily on holistic fitness, it could be a kind of “body battery” display, such as that shown by Garmin.

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