Fitbit charges up Alta with a heart rate monitor and better sleep tracking

Nick Broughall 7 March 2017 NEWS

Fitbit alta hr

Fitbit's slim fitness tracker gets a massive update.

Fashion focused fitness freaks can today celebrate, with wearables pioneer Fitbit announcing the Fitbit Alta HR fitness band. Unsurprisingly, the Alta HR is an update to last year's Alta model, introducing a new continuous heart rate monitor to ensure more accurate calorie burn tracking.

Launching in April for $249.95, the Alta HR integrates deeper sleep analytics, which it gathers with the help of the heart rate sensor. New "sleep stages" data uses your heart rate information to classify light, deep and REM sleep, as well as time awake. Those insights are then used in conjunction with your other Fitbit data to provide personalised guidance for improved health and a better night's sleep through a new Sleep Insights notifications feature.

These new elements are in addition to the standard all day tracking, automatic activity recognition of key sports like walking, running and riding, plus regular reminders to get up and move. The Alta HR also displays call, text and calendar notifications from compatible smartphones and offers a range of variable bands to suit your individual style.

Among the extra band options are Classic fitness bands, which retail for $49.95; Luxe Leather bands, which will set you back $99.95; and the Luxe Metal Bracelet, which costs a considerable $169.95.

There will also be a pair of Special Edition versions for $289.95, which comes with either a soft pink classic band and a 22k rose gold plated tracker, or a black classic band with matte gunmetal tracker.

Owners of the Blaze and Charge 2 Fitbit devices will also get to take advantage of the Sleep Stages monitoring from their app on Android or iOS within the coming month, while all sleep-tracking Fitbit devices will begin receiving Sleep Insights when it launches.

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