Fossil announced the Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch at CES 2021 virtual event. It can be purchased from Fossil.com in the U.S. The new smartwatch comes with a price tag of US $ 349, which is US $ 50 more than the non LTE models. It comes with Verizon eSIM support.
Apart from this, the device comes with the same features and design that is seen in the standard Gen 5 line. In simple words, it has a 45 mm stainless steel case available in two color options: black or rose gold and an 18 mm strap. The strap is available in silicone, stainless steel, and leather.
On the side of the Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch, there is a rotating crown and two shortcut buttons. As far as display is concerned, it will come with a 1.28 inches AMOLED display. It will be powered by the last generation Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and it will run on Google’s Wear OS software. The smartwatch will come with a RAM of 1 GB and a storage space of 8 GB. Other features include NFC, GPS, loudspeaker, battery life of 24 hours, and water resistance capability.
Analysts are not happy with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor, they believe a Snapdragon 4100 on the device would have made more sense. Fossil’s new smartwatch offers “four battery presets” that turn on or off various functions depending on your requirements.
Android users who look for an LTE enabled smartwatch don’t have many options, so this gadget might easily capture a good market. However, it will be worth waiting for a review to see whether the 3100 and the battery can handle LTE well or not.
Reportedly, Fossil’s Skagen brand is going to launch a new hybrid smartwatch soon that uses Fossil’s more bare-bones software platform. Priced at US $ 195, Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR has physical hands that move over an e-paper screen. It will come in multiple color options and two size variants. In terms of battery life, the smartwatch would last about two weeks on a single charge. It will come with a heart rate sensor and a step counting facility. Fossil has managed to get Wear OS watches to a place where they don’t flub the basics.