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Fitbit Sense: An up-close look at the design

Fitbit's newest smartwatch adds new sensors and changes up the look a bit. Here's an early look at the design out of the box.

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The Fitbit Sense is Fitbit's newest premium fitness watch: it adds GPS, ECG, improved heart-rate tracking, stress sensing via an EDA sensor and skin temperature.

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We haven't tested it yet but did get a look at one out of the box to see its design up close.

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The Sense has a sleek feel and adds metal edges that act as sensors to measure ECG (for possible atrial fibrillation) and EDA stress levels.

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It looks like the Fitbit Versa watch from a distance, or even an Apple Watch.

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The rear of the watch has the most changes: It's metal, with new connectors for the charger as well as extra optical channels for heart rate (where LED light can shine and be sensed).

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We weren't able to connect the Sense yet, but we tried turning it on.

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The Sense comes with a rubber strap in the box that feels comfy.

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A look at the Fitbit Sense (right) next to the Fitbit Versa 2 (left) and Apple Watch Series 5 (middle).

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The Fitbit Sense in its box: two sizes of rubber straps and its unique charger.

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The new snap-on magnetic charger charges faster and feels more secure than before.

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It's a new charger, so older Fitbit Versa models can't use it. But it feels a lot nicer.

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The new watch strap mechanisms are also a lot cleaner. They detach and re-attach more like the Fitbit Charge bands.

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A side view of the Fitbit Sense next to the Versa 2. Nearly identical thickness.

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The side "button" is now a vibrating touch zone, more like the way the Fitbit Charge devices work.

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