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Fitbit’s thin Alta tracker dropped around this time last year, and the company is already making an update to it.
Today, Fitbit announced the new Alta HR, a nearly identical version of the original wristband that now includes a heart rate monitor inside of it.
Fitbit claims the Alta HR is the slimmest wristband with a pulse tracker, and it’s certainly the thinnest heart rate monitor-equipped wristband I’ve used so far.
According to Fitbit, the original $129 Alta and its $150 Charge 2 are its two best-selling trackers, and many customers flocked to the Alta for its design.
But Fitbit also explained customers wanted more from the little wristband, and the most requested feature was a heart rate monitor.
The Charge 2 was Fitbit’s thinnest wristband containing a heart rate monitor, so the company had to shrink the internals to get everything to fit in the Alta.
As a result, the internals are 25 percent smaller than those of the Charge 2, and spotting the difference between an Alta HR and an original Alta is difficult.
They both have rectangular OLED displays that you can tap to scroll through various screens filled with activity stats, but the main visual difference is in the band.
The Alta HR’s strap is slightly textured and has been reinforced with two watch-like security buckles that help fasten the device properly to your wrist.
Fit is key to wrist-bound heart rate monitors; not only is the Alta HR available in small, large, and extra-large sizes, but those extra fasteners let you secure the band just tight enough to get an accurate pulse reading.
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