The Fitbit Inspire 3 is now available! The latest entry-level fitness tracker in the Inspire line is designed to push you towards healthier lifestyle choices through vibrations as well as on cues. The Inspire 3 is a cute, unobtrusive little fitness tracker that can usually be found for a low price. We’re delving into the Fitbit Inspire 3’s price, anticipated release date, features, design, and battery life, as well as all of the rumours and speculation leading up to the device’s reveal. The Fitbit Inspire 2 was one of the best fitness trackers available, and I am hoping that the Inspire 3 will live up to this illustrious reputation over time.
Price and Availability
The Fitbit Inspire 3 is an entry-level fitness tracker that costs $99.95 in the United States and £84.99 in the United Kingdom, with no pricing for Australia available at this time. The Fitbit Inspire 3 comes with only six months of Fitbit Premium this time, as opposed to a full year with the Inspire 2. This effectively reduces the device’s value by $50 or £40.
Although pre-orders are currently available on the Fitbit website, the only release date for the new Fitbits is ‘fall.’ We anticipate that all three will arrive in September.
In March 2022, 9to5Google(opens in new tab) sleuths discovered references to three new devices in the install files for the official Fitbit app for Android. Other than their screen resolutions, we don’t know much about the three, but judging by the fact that two of them (codenamed Hera and Rhea) are square, they appear to be the Fitbit Sense 2 and Fitbit Versa 4.
The third device, codenamed Nyota, does have a resolution of 124 x 208 pixels, the same as the Fitbit Luxe from 2021. This fueled speculation that a Luxe 2 was on the way. Fitbit Versa 3, Sense, and Inspire 2 all debuted on the same day, so it stands to reason that their successors will do the same. The Luxe, on the other hand, isn’t due for an upgrade just yet (in fact, at the time of writing, it’s still at the top of our roundup of the best fitness trackers), so we’d be surprised if a successor arrives in 2022.
For some time, rumours circulated that Fitbit would release several new devices this year, including the Versa 4 and Sense 2, of which test model images and videos were spotted online. Because Inspire was due for a new model, it became preoccupied with these rumours, but we were prepared. With the distinctive “pebble”-shaped unit, this version of the Inspire 3 appeared to be copying the Luxe fitness trackers rather than its Inspire brethren. We weren’t expecting the Fitbit Inspire 3 to have the same stress-monitoring electrodermal activity (EDA) as well as electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors as the Fitbit Sense and Charge 5
Unlike the cosmetic changes made to the Versa and Sense devices, the new Fitbit Inspire 3 has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Taking cues from the Fitbit Luxe, the Inspire is now a rounded pebble rather than a flat part of the band, and it can be detached from the band entirely as well as attached to a different wristband or even clipped onto your clothes like an old-school iPod Shuffle. There are no buttons on this device, only a touchscreen with a 124x206px gorilla glass screen and a plastic casing.
This is fantastic: it’s a fantastic makeover for the otherwise unremarkable Inspire range. Sadly, the alternate wristbands as well as clip are sold separately, with no pricing information available at this time. Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic idea that adds a lot of versatility to the Inspire 3. Unlike most fitness trackers, the Inspire 3 can be clipped to your shirt instead. However, it remains to be seen how accurate the metrics are when clipped off-wrist, as much of the information collected by the Inspire 3 is based on skin-to-skin contact.
For the first time, the rounded shape is thin and water-resistant up to 50 metres, and it includes an always-on display functionality. With the Inspire 3, you don’t have to do much swiping or tapping because active zone minutes are automatically tracked, providing a strap-on-and-forget UX experience.
In that regard, the Inspire 3 has many of the same features as its predecessor. According to Fitbit, the Inspire 3 “captures all your movement, instantly tracking Active Zone Minutes, calories burned, distance, heart rate, and steps.” The tracker will also simply remind you to move throughout the day, and while working out, it will display on-screen when you’re in fat burn, cardio, or peak zones, letting you know how hard you’re working. The Insprie 3 will also monitor your oxygen saturation levels, or SpO2, which will aid in your recovery.
With a claimed 10-day battery life from the 78mAh battery, you can wear the Inspire 3 all day and night and benefit from its stress and sleep tracking. The Fitbit app will display your Sleep and Stress Management scores, but more detailed historical data is locked behind Fitbit Premium.
The Fitbit Inspire 3 can also tell you your Daily Readiness Score, which provides detailed data on how prepared you are for strenuous workouts or a demanding schedule. Is your daily readiness low? Then you’ll need to ease up – perhaps today isn’t the day to try for that 10k PB. This feature, however, is also premium-locked, so you’ll have to pay extra after the initial six-month trial period.
A SmartWake alarm can help you wake up when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep within a 30-minute window, so you’re not as groggy and a loud alarm doesn’t wake up your sleeping partners. You can also do guided breathing exercises on your wrist to help you fall asleep faster or meditate quickly.