Jawbone UP4 gets contactless payments to take on Apple Watch


The UP4 makes payments through American Express.
The UP4 makes payments through American Express.
Photo: Jawbone

One of Apple Watch’s best features is it can replace your wallet with NFC payments. Now Jawbone is ready to get in on the contactless payments too with the introduction of its newest wearable, the UP4.

Now when you go out for a jog you can grab a juice during your cool down without bringing along you wallet or big ass iPhone 6. The UP4 tracker allows wearers to link up eligible American Express cards to you wrist for easy tap and pay ordering at supported NFC terminals.

Of course the UP4 also comes with all the on-board analysis of your diet, sleep, and exercise habits we’ve come to expect from Jawbone. It also packs a heart-rate monitor, and sensors for bio-impedance, galvanic skin response, skin temperature, ambient temperature, and respiration.

Jawbone UP4’s battery lasts up to seven days. There’s only one color option available for now: black. But it looks like there’s a silver option in the works too based on the new wearable’s marketing materials. The UP4 doesn’t boast a wide array of apps or even a color display like Apple Watch, but with a $199 price tag, it might make more sense for those that only want the bare necessities from their fitness tracker.


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