Jawbone is a company that’s not resting on its laurels, in order to keep up with the rising competition on smartwatches and fitness bands. Therefore, they announced some new products, which includes a new flagship with payment abilities and a successor to the original UP24 band.
Additionally, they also annnounced, after encountering some manufacturing problems with the final product, that shipping for the UP3 will be soon on the way.
The UP2 seems to be a hybrid of the heralded UP24, packaged with some UP3 features, in order to have a sleeker look.
The andonized aluminum framework provides a “low profile and stylish design” with the functionalities that made the UP24 popular to the fitness acessory users.
The vibrating motor is strong enough to wake you up when you need, to let you know that you’ve been inactive long enough and so reminds you to stand up and walk a little, even though is not too intrusive.
It can last up to seven days with its rechargeable ion lithium battery and is designed to be worn 24/7 as it is shower and splash resistant.
Another innovation on the UP2 is Smart Coach. This is a system that study your habits, analyze it, and then give feedback as to how you’ll be able to reach your fitness goals based on your current lifestyle (and the changes you need to make).
UP2 is now for sale at Jawbone.com and it will be available nationwide by April 19. It will cost about $99.99 and is currently available in Black Diamond, but soon, the Light Grey Hex and other colors will be available.
Meanwhile, Jawbone has announced a partnership with American Express for the upcoming UP4, in order to be the first wearable that can be used for payment in establishments, as a contactless payment option.
The NFC technology allows you set-up the credit card details using the UP app, then you just need to tap your wearable onto the wireless-capable cash register to activate the contactless payment and later receive the credit card bill. It’s also easy to temporarily freeze payments or unpair the card from your band if need be, again through the UP app.
UP4 has all the main features that have made Jawbone a great brand for fitness trackers and wearables, but with a new bioimpedence sensors which can track your resting heart and eventually, other metrics as well.
It is also splash-resistant and can last for 7 days before you’d need to recharge. This new device will be available by summer and will cost $199.99.
Lastly regarding UP3, after some manufacturing problems whit the full waterproofing feature they had to settle for good ole splash resistance, which allows showers and hand washing, but not swimming or prolonged submersion.
This device is planned to start shipping by June this year.