Fossil Launches Gen 5 Premium Smartwatch That Runs Google Wear OS
Luxury watchmaker, Fossil has launched its Gen 5 smartwatch series which succeeds Gen 4 wearables from the year 2018. The newly launched lineup runs on Google developed Wear OS and they are compatible with devices running both Android or iOS.
Fossil Gen 5 Features
The front of the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch sports a 1.28-inch circular touch screen display. Housed in a 44 mm case, the device has a thickness of 12 mm. The right side of the wearable features two push buttons and one circular crown.
The combination of the touchscreen and the physical button allows the smartwatch in a convenient manner. The device is offered in multiple strap and case finishes which include Stainless Steel, Silicone, Leather and Julianna HR Stainless Steel and Blush Leather.
The last two variants in the list have a feminine element and are targeted towards the female audience. Besides, the dial on these variants also has reflective stones embedded around the bezel which provide for an elegant look.
In terms of memory and storage, the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of inbuilt storage which can be used to store media files like images and audio. Under the hood, the wearables feature the Snapdragon 3100 processor which is manufactured by Qualcomm.
The Fossil smartwatch also supports health-oriented features like Heart rate tracking, activity tracking which includes step counter and calorie meter.
Connectivity options on the Fossil Gen 5 include Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC. The built-in NFC sensor allows the smart wearable to make wireless payments from an e-wallet with the help of G Pay.
Noteworthy, the GPS on the device is untethered, therefore, users can navigate through maps without connecting to a smartphone with an internet connection.
Fossil claims that the smartwatch can offer upto week-long battery backup in clock mode, however, using features like NFC and fitness tracking brings down the battery back up to about 36 hours. The inbuilt battery can be replenished with the help of a proprietary magnetic USB charger which latches to the rear side.
As previously mentioned, Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is compatible with both Android and iOS. Though, devices should be running on OS including or above Android 4.4 and iOS 9.3.
Fossil Gen 5 Price and Availability
The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is currently available for purchase in the US, Europe and the Middle East while a wider release will follow on 26th of August. Regardless of the case or strap selection, all variants of the smartwatch cost US $ 298 (around Rs 21,000).
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