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What are the differences between Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 6, and which one should you purchase?


Fitbit has become well-known for their fitness tracking devices, and their Charge line has played a significant role in this. While the Charge 5 model introduced some specialized health monitoring tools, the recently released Charge 6 offers added features focused on Google integration. Is this an improvement, and what other updates does it bring? Find out more in our comparison of the Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 6.

Comparison

Comparison of specifications between Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 6.

  Fitbit Charge 6 Fitbit Charge 5
Display 1.04-inch AMOLED
Full-color
Touchscreen
1.04-inch AMOLED
Full-color
Touchscreen
Dimensions and weight 36.7 x 23.1 x 11.2mm
37.64g

Please provide all measurements excluding the band.

36.7 x 22.7 x 11.2mm
28g

The measurements do not take into account the band.

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Limitations

The recommended operating temperature range is from 14 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

Maximum altitude for operation: 28,000 feet.

The operating temperature range is between 14 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

Maximum operational altitude: 28,000 feet

Phone compatibility

Android version 9 or newer
iOS 15 or higher

You are required to have a Google account in order to log in.

Android 9 Pie or later
iOS 15 or higher
Battery and power

The battery life advertised is up to 7 days.

Time to fully charge: Two hours (as advertised)

Complimentary charger provided in package

The battery life advertised is up to 7 days.

The advertised charging time from 0 to 100% is two hours.

The box comes with a charger that is exclusively owned by the company.

Sensors Optical heart rate monitor
Sleep tracking
AFib monitoring
3-axis accelerometer
Built-in GPS + GLONASS
SpO2 monitoring
EDA & ECG sensors
Ambient light sensor
Optical heart rate monitor
Sleep tracking
AFib monitoring
3-axis accelerometer
Built-in GPS + GLONASS
SpO2 monitoring
EDA & ECG sensors
Ambient light sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Durability

This item can withstand water pressure up to 50 meters.

There is no official rating for IP.

The ability to withstand water up to a depth of 50 meters.

There is no official IP rating available.

Services Google Wallet/Pay

Notifications and comments from connected Google Maps.

This only pertains to connected controls on YouTube Music.
Notifications (read-only)

Sending heart rate data to compatible gym equipment.

Fitbit Pay
Notifications (read-only)
In-box contents Fitbit Charge 6
Proprietary charger
Small wrist band
Large wrist band

A free six-month trial for a Fitbit Premium subscription.
Paperwork

Fitbit Charge 5
Proprietary charger
Small wrist band
Large wrist band

A 6-month trial subscription for Fitbit Premium.
Paperwork

and Features

The design and features of the Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 6 compared.

The new smartwatches and fitness trackers released in 2023 have a striking resemblance to their previous versions, and the Fitbit Charge 6 follows suit. The design of the new tracker is mostly recycled from the Charge 5, including the smooth band fit, metal bezels surrounding the large AMOLED display, and the method of attaching the strap. However, there is one notable change – the addition of a physical button to replace the unreliable inductive groove on the Charge 5. This was one of our main complaints during our review of the previous model, so we are happy to see this improvement on the new version. However, this change does come at a cost – the Charge 6 is now significantly heavier, weighing in at 37.6 grams, which is a 34% increase from its predecessor. It is also slightly wider, although this change is barely noticeable without a measuring tool.