It’s been over a year now since the introduction of the Versa 3, so we could be seeing a successor appearing soon. Here’s a roundup of the rumours and news so you know what to expect when the Fitbit Versa 4 does finally arrive.
When will the Fitbit Vera 4 be released?
There’s no official release date at the time of writing, but we can use the previous models as a guide. Here’s when they made their debuts:
As you can see, Fitbit had settled into something of a rhythm for the last two editions, but with September having been and gone, its seems that this has changed once more. There are factors that could be a cause of the delay, with the world experiencing a shortage of processors, plus delays to the supply chain as COVID-19 continues to cause chaos. There’s also the fact that Google completed its acquisition of Fitbit in Jan 2020 and could be planning some changes with the brand.
We have heard absolutely nothing about a release date, so we’re only in the realms of speculation with this device. We have seen that the Fitbit Sense 2 could be the first Fitbit device to run on Google’s Wear OS, with the third iteration of the software expected to arrive on many devices in the second half of 2022. It could be that the Versa 4 follows suit and switches to Wear OS too. If that’s the case, a dual introduction of the Fitbit Sense 2 and Fitbit Versa 4 in September 2022 might be on the cards.
How much will the Fitbit Versa 4 cost?
As with the release date, there’s no confirmed prices but the predecessors will give us a solid clue on what you might need to pay. Here’s the scores on the doors:
- Fitbit Versa 3: £199/€229/US$229
- Fitbit Versa 2: £199/€199/US$199
- Fitbit Versa 1: £199/€199/US$199
It’s a steady structure, which makes sense, as the Versa sits between the more expensive Fitbit Sense smartwatch (£279/€299/US$299) and the cheaper Fitbit Charge 5 activity tracker (£169.99/€179.95/US$179.95). With this in mind, we’d expect the Fitbit Versa 4 to follow the above pattern and arrive at around £199/€229/US$229 mark.
What new features will we see in the Fitbit Versa 4?
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there are no strong rumours or reports that outline definite changes that we might see in the next generation of the Versa. But, looking back at the forebears, we see a consistent design ethos that suggests the Versa 4 won’t steer too far away from the Fitbit form-book.
The Versa 3 increased the available AMOLED display size to 1.58in (336x336) from the 1.39in (300x300) panel found on the Versa 2 and 1. There are still some bezels surrounding the actual display, so it’s possible Fitbit could further increase the available space without making the frame itself any bigger (not unlike the Apple Watch Series 7, compared to the Series 6). We imagine this is a challenge that’s been laid at the feet of the engineers working on the Versa 4.
As with the Fitbit Sense, the Versa currently doesn’t have an LTE option. Adding this would certainly give the device a more autonomous aspect, being able to act as a surrogate phone while you’re out running, at the gym, or in places where you just don’t want to take expensive, large and fragile devices.
We have heard rumours that one of the features from the Fitbit Sense could make its way to the Versa in the next generation. This is the Electrodermal Activity sensor (or EDA sensor), which monitors the temperature of your skin to ascertain the levels of stress you are currently experiencing. When used with the mindfulness and breathing sessions included with the Fitbit app, it can serve as a helpful way to try and stop the frustrations of modern life from getting on top of you.
Aside from this, the only major update that might appear is the move to Wear OS, leaving behind the Fitbit OS that’s been on the Versa range since the beginning. We’ve already covered the new features that Google has announced for the software in our 'Wear OS 3: Everything you need to know' guide.