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Jawbone's smaller, less expensive Up 2 to launch in a fortnight

Tony Ibrahim | June 3, 2015
Advanced Up3 will follow in winter


Jawbone's successor to its popular Up24 has shrunk by almost half, is $30 less expensive and is expected to go on sale in Australia within the fortnight.

Following it will be the Up 3, the company's first wearable with built-in bio-impedance sensors, used for advanced heart rate monitoring and to provide detailed sleep insights.

Jawbone's head of international product management, Jorgen Nordin, said the company is striving to release the Up 3 locally some time in 'winter', after problems with manufacturing led to the Up 3's release being delayed by more than six months.

"Some of what was being produced was not up to the water specifications," Nordin told Good Gear Guide. "That's why we stopped and started looking at it again."

The company has since classified the Up 3 as 'splash resistant' and not 'water resistant to ten metres'. Launching within the fortnight is the Up 2. It replaces the Up24 and represents an improvement in design and cost.

Nordin claims it is 45 per cent smaller than the Up24. Whereas the band of the Up24 brimmed with battery and electronics, nothing fills the band of the Up 2.

Nor does it have a 2.5mm connection for charging. Replacing it are small magnetic contacts found on its underside.

The drop in size has not appeared to hamper battery life with Jawbone claiming it will last one week before being recharged. Our review model claims it can hold 8 days of charge.

Distinguishing Jawbone's wearables from its rivals is their ability to record detailed sleeping insights. The wearables work with a companion app to display sleeping patterns, daily walk count and to record exercise sessions.

Recordings are displayed as a percentage to clearly communicate daily goals. The software's 'smart coach' offers insights and commendations, such as: "It's no wonder you're 4 kilos lighter and 27 per cent more active from 365 days ago."

Jawbone's Up 2 will go on sale for $149, which is $30 less than its predecessor, while the Up 3 will retail for $249 when it is released.


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