Fitbit typically releases a couple of devices a year, with one towards the end of the year and one at the beginning. That means, if tradition is anything to go by, we are due a new activity tracker.

The Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch with Alexa voice control has appeared in rumours, suggesting this will be the next device from the company but what might it feature? Here is everything we know so far.

Release date and price

  • Announced 25 August
  • On sale 15 September
  • Hopefully under £200

The Fitbit Versa was announced in March 2018, hitting shelves in April 2018. This was followed by the Fitbit Versa Lite in March 2019.

We therefore weren't expecting to see another Versa device until 2020 at the earliest, especially as Fitbit doesn't always follow yearly update cycles. The Ionic is overdue an update, for example. That said, with the rumours appearing for an Alexa-powered Versa, and Fitbit typically announcing a device before consumer electronics show IFA, it looks like it might be a double Versa year.

A rumour has claimed the Fitbit Versa 2 will be announced on 25 August and it will go on sale on 15 September, which makes sense.

The Fitbit Versa went on sale for £199 and the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition hit shelves for £149.99. We'd like to see the Alexa-powered Fitbit Versa 2 stay under the £200 mark if it arrives.

Fitbit Versa 2 design

  • Slight redesign
  • Rounded rear
  • No Fitbit logo on front

Based on the leaks, it looks like the Versa 2 will share a very similar design to the original Versa, though it might have a redesigned rear, offering a smoother, curvier finish. 

The square touchscreen with rounded corners appears to be making its return but without the Fitbit logo below. It also looks like we'll be seeing interchangeable straps again, a buckle fastening and a button on the left of the casing.

Fitbit Versa 2 features

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Swimproof
  • Automatic exercise and activity tracking
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Four-day battery

Many of the same features offered by the original Versa look like they will be coming to the Versa 2, including Fitbit Pay, swim proofing, automatic exercise and activity tracking, sleep tracking, PurePulse heart rate tracking and a four-day battery life.

Leaked packaging appears to confirm Amazon Alexa will be built into the Versa 2 however, and rumours claim Alexa will offer a number of functions, like weather reports, answering queries and control of connected items.

The packaging also suggests apps and notifications will be on board the Versa 2, as they were on the original, as well as a Sleep Score, which is currently in beta on current Fitbit devices. There's still no mention of built-in GPS for the Versa 2 though - something the original Versa lacked.

Fitbit Versa 2 reported specs summary

  • Updated, smoother design
  • AMOLED display over LCD
  • Always on display option
  • No Fitbit logo under display
  • Redesigned rear
  • Curved 2.5D glass cover
  • Single button like Versa Lite Edition
  • Amazon Alexa voice control
  • PurePulse heart rate tracking
  • Fitbit Pay
  • 50-metres water resistance
  • Four-day battery
  • Interchangeable bands

Fitbit Versa 2 rumours: What's happened so far?

14 August 2019: Fitbit Versa 2 with built-in Alexa confirmed by packaging leak

Bulgarian website Olx published some photos of a Fitbit Versa 2 retail box that presents several key details and specifications about the new smartwatch, including confirmation of Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Tizenhelp then followed up the Olx leak with an image from what it claimed is the Fitbit Versa 2 user manual. It said Alexa will be able to deliver weather reports, guide you in fitness, control connected items, solve queries and more.

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1 August 2019: This is what Fitbit's Alexa-powered Versa 2 smartwatch looks like

Notorious leaker Evan Blass shared some images and details on Twitter about the Alexa-powered Fitbit Versa 2. Blass claimed the new smartwatch would offer Alexa voice control, allowing it to compete better with the likes of the Apple Watch that offers Siri and Wear OS devices that offer Google Assistant.

The leaker also said the new smartwatch would have an AMOLED display over LCD and 2.5D curved glass. Based on the leaked images, it looks like the Versa 2 with Alexa will feature smoother, curvier edges, along with the removal of the Fitbit logo below the display and a redesigned rear. It also looks like some more exciting straps will be present.

We're expecting features like water resistance, Fitbit Pay and PurePulse heart rate monitoring to all remain on board, like the original Versa.

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