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Fitbit CEO confirms it'll make an Ionic 2, but it won't be launching soon

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Fitbit has just launched its new range of wearables, consisting of the Versa Lite, Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace 2, but we’ve also heard word of a sequel to the company's first smartwatch – the Fitbit Ionic.

The Ionic, Fitbit’s first proper smartwatch, launched in 2017 with a mixed reception – we found it a little too bulky to be enjoyable to use, and it had a hefty price tag too. We weren't certain that we'd see the brand name appear again, but Fitbit CEO James Park has confirmed that there will be an Ionic 2 at some point in the future.

Speaking to Wareable (opens in new tab), Park said “Ionic will get refreshed at some point”, clarifying that he saw the device’s place “at the high end of our roadmap.”

One of the problems with reviving the Ionic right now, Park suggested, was that GPS was an integral part of the Ionic experience. Park said, “GPS isn’t really a mass-market thing yet".

For now, Fitbit is concentrating on converting more fans to the wearable game with its latest range of fitness trackers aimed at kids and people who haven’t used the devices before. 

The Ionic 2 doesn’t fit in with that aim, as it’s firmly a high-end device for people who are accustomed to something strapped around their wrist.

We could see the Fitbit Ionic 2 later in the year. The original Ionic released in October 2017, after all, so Fitbit could be saving it for a late 2019 release, but with Park’s vague language, we’re not holding our breath for it to come out before 2020.

Tom Bedford
Tom Bedford

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.