Fitbit Alta HR Unboxing, First Impressions

Fitbit Alta HR Unboxing, First Impressions

Fitbit has just officially launched its latest product for the consumer market in the country — the Alta HR. It’s an upgraded Fitbit Alta with a continuous heart rate tracking. Fitbit was kind enough to give us one during the event for our personal use.

The wearable is packaged neatly in a presentable retail box. There’s not much inside as it just contains the Fitbit Alta HR, the proprietary charging cable, and some paper works to give you a headstart.

The Fitbit Alta HR is currently the world’s slimmest wristband with continuous heart rate tracking technology. Fitbit was able to put in a heart rate sensor without adding any bulk to the former Alta’s body.

It’s a slim wearable with a small OLED display capable of displaying brief stats and notifications. As its default, it shows time but a tap will cycle you to the step counter, calorie counter, and more.


On the wrist, the Alta HR is a non-obtrusive piece of wearable tech. Since it already shows time, it’ll replace your daily watch. Upon purchase, there are two available sizes for the band — large and small. There’s also an extra large band, but it’s limited in availability.

Hiding behind the OLED display are pogo pins for the proprietary charger and the heart rate sensor. The heart rate sensor is powered by Fitbit’s patented heart rate tracking technology called “PurePulse”. This enables the Alta HR to monitor your calorie burn, workout intensity, resting heart rate, and also sleep quality. Fitbit’s latest features, Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights, are onboard here as well.

Lastly, Fitbit brags about the improved battery life of the Alta HR over the former Alta. It’s rated to last for up to 7 days — a week of continuous health and heart rate tracking. We’ll see how it’ll really last with our actual usage.

The bands are interchangeable. The main unit is in silver while our band comes in black but there’s also blue-gray, fuchsia, and coral. If you want, there’s also a ‘special edition’ with a soft pink classic band with a 22k rose-gold-plated tracker, and a black classic band with a matte, gunmetal tracker. More bands are available for purchase too from leather to stainless steel.

We’ll be using the Fitbit Alta HR to come up with a review and an insight of how this wearable will help us be more conscious of our health particularly with our sleeping patterns.

The new Fitbit Alta HR is priced at Php8,490 for the regular model, while the special edition costs a little bit more at Php9,690.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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