The new Fitbit Ace LTE is a Pixel Watch 2 for kids

What you need to know

  • Google has announced the Fitbit Ace LTE, a smartwatch for kids that aims to promote a healthier and more active lifestyle.
  • In addition to various ‘eejies’, ‘games’ and other ways to get children moving, the Ace LTE also offers calling, messaging and location sharing.
  • To take advantage of the mobile connectivity, parents must sign up for Ace Pass, which costs $9.99 per month or $119.99 per year.
  • This new smartwatch costs $229.95 and will be available from Google and Amazon from June 5.

It’s not often that we hear about a new kids’ smartwatch, let alone one that comes straight from Google and Fitbit. That’s all about to change, as the Fitbit Ace LTE appears to offer a completely different way to keep your kids healthy and motivated to exercise.

Aside from the straps and included bumper cover, the Ace LTE doesn’t look much different than the Fitbit Versa 4 or Sense 2. However, despite the similarities, the Ace LTE has the same internals as the Pixel Watch 2, even down to the charger.

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This new wearable is water resistant up to 50 meters, while the screen uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3. In terms of connectivity, the Ace LTE is equipped with 4G LTE, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and there is even NFC. The NFC is especially interesting, because ‘tap to Pay’ will become available ‘within a few months’, probably via Google Wallet.

Not only is the battery water-resistant and quite powerful, but it should also last the life of your little ones. It lasts up to 16 hours on a single charge, and fast charging gives you an additional 11 hours of enjoyment after just 30 minutes of charging.

Fitbit Ace LTE back glass

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As for what the Fitbit Ace LTE tracks when it comes to workouts, this smartwatch has a plethora of sensors. These include an accelerometer, optical heart rate, altimeter, magnetometer, gyroscope and ambient light sensor.

On the software side, Fitbit has built this new interface on top of Wear OS to provide a ‘tailored experience’. This opened the doors for things like ‘Eejies’, the ‘Noodle’ and ‘interval-based gaming’. According to Fitbit, Eejies are “adaptable creatures that feed on daily activities.”

Fitbit Ace LTE overview promo

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Not only are they there to stand by your kids’ side and cheer them on, but playing games and earning ‘arcade tickets’ unlocks various customizations. Speaking of games, Google and Fitbit have teamed up with several gaming studios to create interactive 3D games that can be played directly from the watch.

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