As Fitbit followers will know, the Charge more or less mutated into the Alta around August 2016, whilst the Charge HR moved up to Charge 2 around the same time. As these new products entered the market they replaced the old Charge and Charge HR respectively which are no longer for sale in the Fitbit store.
The Fitbit Blaze entered the world at CES last January, with product becoming available to purchase around Quarter 2 2016. But the Blaze is not a Surge replacement, since the Surge is still available from the Fitbit store (billed as the “Fitness Super Watch”).
However it does not have any of the new features the newer producst carry (the Alta’s breathing function, or the “move” reminder for example). These could conceivably be added with a firmware upgrade (if there is space and if it would not kill the already under pressure battery), the last Surge Firmware upgrade being issued back in September/October 2015 (over a year ago).
So it would seem that the time is right for one of two things to happen. Either Surge will be quietly retired like the old gentleman it is (in electronic product terms) and not replaced, or a new model is waiting in the wings.
I hope that it’s the latter even though in the workout Fitness sector Garmin and others seem to have gained space in the market whilst Fitbit have focussed on (lower priced) trackers for everyday users rather than (more expensive) devices for Fitness Fanatics.
If the Surge is to be retired and not replaced it will be a shame but an understandable business decision. Of course if it is retired that means Surge users will need to think carefully about their next device, moving to a new manufacturer means saying goodbye to your workout records (unless import/export data functions work) and the Fitbit app and communities (bye bye challenges!) whilst staying with Fitbit means losing a feature you have grown to love.
So here’s hoping there is a Surge 2, with great features (including swimming, keeping on board GPS and giving great battery life) to be announced shortly. Otherwise, RIP my old friend.