The Fitbit Charge 4 is among the better fitness trackers out there, but it's placed awkwardly between the Inspire HR and the Versa 2, overlapping with both in a lot of areas. The lines between the Versa series and the Charge are about to get even blurrier, as the latest firmware update (1.96.29) gives the fitness tracker Smart Wake, dynamic GPS, and a customizable display timeout.
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For many people, Fitbit is synonymous with fitness trackers, but the company has faced new challenges from smartwatches in recent years. The Fitbit Charge 4 signifies a change, even if it doesn't look too different from its predecessor. The tracker packs everything you could want from a fitness tracker, and you get basic smartwatch capabilities like notification management, Spotify controls, NFC payments, alarms, and more. However, its $150 price tag may make it a tough sell when a smartwatch like Fitbit's own Versa 2 often goes on sale for the same price.
Back in 2018, Fitbit launched the Charge 3 fitness tracker, which looked a lot like its predecessor, but gained several features that essentially turned it into a smartwatch, thanks to its larger greyscale display with touch input. Even though the company is about to get absorbed by Google, it's continuing to update its lineup until the acquisition is complete. 9to5Google just published leaked information on the upcoming fitness tracker, which merely seems to be a Charge 3 with updated internals.