The New Fitbit Charge 5: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

A 2021 Fitbit Charge might arrive in the fall: Our predictions

A new addition to the Fitbit Charge series is expected this year. It’s not known just yet what sort of improvements we’ll see. Still, we’re hoping for broader music streaming service support, a longer-lasting battery, and the ability to control music during workouts.

When Will Fitbit Charge 5 Be Released?

Since there's been no official announcement yet, all we can do is make some educated guesses.

The first three Charge devices came out about every two years: November 2014, September 2016, and then October 2018. Following that cycle, the 4th iteration should have been released around September or so in 2020, but it instead arrived in March. 

Lifewire’s Release Date Estimate

If we assume the Charge 5 is coming 1.5 years later, we’re looking at a Fall 2021 timeframe. It could arrive as late as November or December. There’s really no telling given this odd release pattern, but if only a few changes are expected between the Charge 4 and 5, we might see this new Fitbit even sooner. That said, Google completed its Fitbit acquisition in January 2021, so a release date is basically up in the air at this point.

Fitbit Charge 5 Price Rumors

Unlike the release date, pricing has been remarkably consistent. Fitbit released past Charge devices at $149.99, so that’s what they’ll likely stick with for the 2021 Fitbit. 

Unless, of course, there are massive design or hardware changes. A higher-capacity battery or reduced features could sway this price up or down.

Pre-Order Information

We’ll update this when we know more!

Fitbit Charge 5 Features

The new Fitbit will undoubtedly adopt the same features as the previous model, including built-in GPS and tracking for things like blood oxygen, sleep, and other activities.

So what will be new? There are several things we’d like to see, but only time will tell if they’re actually implemented:

  • Music controls during workouts: The current Fitbit Charge doesn’t let you control your music while recording a workout. When it seems you’d need that freedom the most—with your phone presumably unreachable while exercising—playback isn’t allowed. Hopefully, this oversight is fixed in the Charge 5, especially since it seems like a simple software update is all that’s needed.
  • Additional music streaming service support: Not everyone likes to use Spotify Premium, so it’d be great to see the 2021 Fitbit let you control music from alternative services like Pandora, Apple Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, etc.
  • Longer battery life: The Charge 4 has a 7-day battery life, which isn’t bad but doesn’t compare to other wearables like the Galaxy Fit2’s supposed 15-day life. An upgrade in this department would help with GPS draining; Fitbit claims that the battery can hold out for 5 hours with continuous GPS usage, but some reports claim that it takes a 30% hit on less than one hour of use.
  • Temperature tracking: With more and more people justifiably concerned about their health these days, recording skin temperature variations would be a huge plus. This is currently included with the Fitbit Sense, though, so mixing it with the Charge might not be in the cards just yet, though it would absolutely be great to see. Nevertheless, one's temperature fluctuates while exercising, so its usefulness for workouts isn't a stretch.

Fitbit Charge 5 Specs and Hardware

Not much has changed between the last couple of Fitbit Charge devices. The button on the side and the grayscale screen are the same, and the size and weight between the Charge 3 and 4 are basically indistinguishable. To have three devices looking and feeling awfully similar would be a bummer, so we can only assume that this new Fitbit will offer some design improvement.

If you're an existing Fitbit Charge user, you'll probably want the watch band not to change. The Charge 4 and 3 use the same kind so that you can swap between them. It wouldn't be a problem for the same to be true for the Charge 5 so that you could squeeze a bit more life out of your favorite bands.

We assume the internals will be upgraded, so expecting a faster Fitbit with more fluid and responsive touch controls is a no-brainer. We also intend to see the same 50-meter water-resistance that there is with the Fitbit Charge 4.

This page is continually updated as we learn more about the sensors, hardware, and other changes coming to this new Fitbit, so stay tuned.

The Latest News About Fitbit Charge 5

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