Fitbit has been very clear that their upcoming Project Higgs smartwatch was coming in time for the holidays, and a new leak of some renders of the device suggests it is still on track.
The renders show a somewhat chunky device, likely in service of Fitbit’s commitment to multiple-day battery life.
Fitbit CEO James Park also refuted rumours that the smartwatch would launch without 3rd party apps, confirming it would have an SDK available for 3rd party developers, with an app store built into the Fitbit app.
According to earlier leaks, the smartwatch would feature:
- A refined version of the Blaze aluminium unibody design with accents with swappable bands.
- 1000 nits of brightness colour screen for easy outdoor visibility.
- Heart rate monitoring
- Wireless payments
- Offline Music from Pandora
- 4-day battery life between charges
- $300 price point
Fitbit is also expected to deliver a set of wireless headphones code-named “Parkside” presumably compatible with Project Higgs and designed to hang around your neck. Available in “Nightfall Blue” and “Lunar Gray,” they are said to cost around $150.
The device is, unfortunately, not the most attractive, but for Windows Phone fans likely offers the best (only?) smartwatch integration available, with Fitbit recently making notifications available to all Windows 10 Mobile users and Cortana connecting to the Fitbit database. For those who are committed to the Fitbit platform it, of course, offers a roadmap to a more powerful device without needing to start over with another platform.