Remember the Fitbit Force leak? It's real and available for pre-order

The discontinued FitBit Force

The discontinued FitBit Force

Credit: Source: FitBit

Well that was quick.

Just a week after the Fitbit Force was leaked by The Verge, the device is now an official product and Fitbit is taking pre-orders.

To recap, the Fitbit Force is an activity tracker that you wear on your wrist. It counts the number of steps you take, calories you burn, stairs (or hills, but measured in staircases) you climb, distance you travel, hours slept and it determines the quality of your sleep.

It essentially combines features of the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit One, only unlike the Flex, the Force has an OLED display (and can show the time for when you're not actively training). It's water resistant and syncs wirelessly with your computer or (via Bluetooth 4.0) some mobile devices. iPhones 4S or higher are supported, as are iPad 3, 4 and Mini, and 5th Generation iPod Touches. On the Android side of things, the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and Note 10.1 are supported. Fitbit promises support for more devices is coming soon.

All in all the leak last week was spot on up to and including the price, which is $129.95. The one feature the leak missed is that Call Notification support will be coming soon. It'll be supported on iPhone 4S and higher running iOS 7. Sorry, my fellow Android users. Sounds like we're out of luck there.

As I said, Fitbit is taking pre-orders now, and when I placed my order yesterday afternoon I was told it'd ship in 3-4 weeks. As I said when writing about the leak, I'm eager to have a Fitbit that I wear on my wrist rather than clipping to my clothes, and having my step count on my wrist will be a constant reminder to be more active.

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