Fitbit Adding Heart Rate Monitoring To The Alta (Finally)

When thinking of fitness tracking, a heart rate monitor may seem a little extra for tracking your sleep and workouts. Well, you’d be surprised to see…. well no, you’re just wrong. The new Fitbit Alta HR is finally confirmed and available for pre-order on Fitbit’s website. Let me make sense of it all for you.

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With the original Alta, there’s not much else to call this device than an upgraded Fitbit Flex. The display has been redesigned to be brighter, more durable, and just plain look better. It’s a tap display, but works just as well as the Charge and Charge HR, if not better.

What has set it apart from the original Charge and Charge HR is that it doesn’t show just phone calls, but also texts and events right on your watch. Oh, how the world spoils us. And after that is the basics of tracking steps, calories, floors, distance, etc. And as usual, you can record your workouts and it will document your stats.

Now, where this new Alta HR comes into a crucial role of your tracking use is sleep.

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The new Alta Hr not only tracks how long you’ve slept and when you woke up in the middle of the night but also your sleep stages. Yup, you now see when you were dreaming and when you were so far into sleep that you wouldn’t wake up during an earthquake (Very big exaggeration). This type of technology is not very usual to be found in such a small package and will revolutionize the way we track our sleep. Sure workouts will also benefit from the better accuracy of heart rate and calorie tracking, but those indifferences are not very off, to begin with. But yes, why not improve something that can be made better?


The Alta is mostly known for being the more stylish fitness band of Fitbit’s collections, with interchangeable bands, new designs from well-known artists, and pulling off a very sleek build. Now that we’re adding a heart rate monitor to the equation, the chances of success have skyrocketed and will be very hard to turn down indefinitely when it is released to the public. It’s not hard to tell why iPhones and MacBooks are so attractive to the most consumers: when fashion meets functionality, the sky is the limit.

Fitbit is now allowing pre-orders for the Alta HR, starting the prices at $149 USD and will be shipping to customers sometime in April. Pre-order yours here.


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