Google Unveils Fitbit Ace LTE: A Kid-Friendly Smartwatch

Google Unveils Fitbit Ace LTE: A Kid-Friendly Smartwatch

Fitbit, a Google subsidiary, has unveiled the Fitbit Ace LTE, a smartwatch designed specifically for children. Priced at $229.95, this device targets kids aged 7 and above by promoting physical activity through engaging games and ensuring safety with real-time location tracking.

Google Fitbit Ace LTE Specifications

The Fitbit Ace LTE features a 41.04 x 44.89 mm OLED display with a resolution of 333 PPI, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The watch body is a mix of stainless steel and recycled plastic, offering both durability and eco-friendliness. Weighing about 28.03 grams, it is built to be child-friendly with a raised plastic bumper for additional screen protection.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 processor, the Ace LTE runs on Wear OS but does not support the Google Play Store or third-party apps. It includes 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and its 328mAh battery supports fast charging—reaching 60% in 30 minutes and a full charge in approximately 70 minutes.

Connectivity and Safety Features

The smartwatch offers standalone LTE connectivity through a partnership with Google Fi/T-Mobile. Additional connectivity features include Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and GPS/GNSS. It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, making it suitable for various environments.

Parents can track their child’s location via the Fitbit app, which stores location data for 24 hours to ensure privacy. The device supports messaging and calling with up to 20 approved contacts and excludes third-party apps and advertisements to provide a secure user experience for children.

Fun and Fitness for Kids

The Fitbit Ace LTE aims to make physical activity enjoyable for kids, featuring a range of interactive 3D games that utilize the watch’s sensors, including the accelerometer. These games are designed to incorporate movement into gameplay.

In addition to the games, the Ace LTE tracks various physical activities, from bed-jumping to hide-and-seek. These activities are visualized with a unique “Noodle” activity ring on the home screen, which celebrates progress as children achieve their daily goals, adding a fun element to fitness tracking.

Pricing and Availability

For features like cellular connectivity, access to the Fitbit Arcade, and regular software updates, the Fitbit Ace LTE requires a subscription to the Fitbit Ace Pass. This pass costs $9.99 per month or $119.99 annually, the latter of which includes a free collectible band.

The Fitbit Ace LTE is available for pre-order at $229.95 on the Google Store and Amazon, with general availability beginning June 5th. The watch comes in two color options: Spicy and Mild, each with a themed band.

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