Fitbit’s long-awaited smartphone should be out in the not too distant future. We heard bits and pieces about the features that the company’s first proper smartwatch is going to offer. The company has now revealed itself that the Fitbit smartwatch doesn’t have standalone cellular connectivity. This means that in order to perform tasks that require an internet connection the smartwatch will need to be paired with a smartphone in the absence of a Wi-Fi network.
Fitbit CEO James Park confirmed to the Financial Times that the Fitbit smartwatch is going to be different compared to the likes of the Gear S3 and the Huawei Watch 2 in that it doesn’t feature standalone cellular connectivity.
Park says that Fitbit has decided to make this decision because the company feels this feature is “struggling for a use case.” Park also says that just adding cellular connectivity would force the company to make significant trade-offs in other categories, not to mention that it would have a big impact on the battery life as well.
Despite recent reports that Fitbit has been facing delays with this product, Park says that the smartwatch is “on track.” He also believes that the smartwatch is going to be Fitbit’s best product yet.
Park didn’t say when the smartwatch is going to be released and if it’s going to be priced around the $300 mark as recent rumors have suggested.