The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch will be available in South Africa from the middle of October at a recommended retail price of R5,499.
Fitbit’s first smartwatch is the company’s first device built on the Pebble software platform after its acquisition of Pebble’s “key assets” for around $40 million in 2016.
The Ionic features a battery life of four days or more, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility.
It also has a new SpO2 sensor, which Fitbit said makes it possible to gain deeper health insights by tracking conditions like sleep apnea.
The Ionic also supports contactless payments, GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance of up to 50m.
Fitbit added that its app software development kit will open to developers from September 2017.