Fitbit just unveiled its answer to the Apple Watch — here’s what it’s like

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Fitbit unveiled a new smartwatch on Monday, called the Fitbit Ionic.

As Fitbit’s answer to the Apple Watch, Ionic can handle fitness tracking, sleep tracking, contactless payments, music, and more.

The watch costs $A449.95 and will be available in October.

While Fitbit refers to Ionic as its first smartwatch, the company has released two other smartwatches in the past — Blaze and Surge. But unlike those two smartwatches, where the industrial design was outsourced, both Ionic’s hardware and software were designed entirely in-house by the Fitbit team.

While we’re still testing the Ionic smartwatch (we have it in our offices and will publish a full review in a few weeks), here’s everything we can tell you so far.

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