After some high-profile leaks, Fossil has finally unveiled its Gen 6 smartwatch line powered by Google’s Wear OS (but not the latest version of OS 3) and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 4100+ platform. The new watches are available in sizes of 44mm and 42mm.
Gen 6 Fossil (Image: Fossil)
Both size watches have 1.28 “AMOLED displays with a resolution of 416 x 416 pixels and an always-on feature. There are three buttons on the side for the controls with the middle one functioning as a rotating crown. watches also incorporate speakers and a microphone allowing calls on the watch itself.
The Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform powers the Gen 6 series and promises to be 85% faster than the Wear 3100. There’s 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Connectivity includes Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, NFC SE and WiFi. There is also Google Pay support. Fossil strangely ships its new watches with the older version of Wear OS, although it has promised an update to Wear OS 3 for next year.
Key features of Fossil Gen 6 (images: Fossil)
Health tracking includes SpO2 and heart rate sensors as well as sleep and nap tracking. There are also different sports modes. The watches are also water resistant to 3ATM. The battery life is estimated to be over 24 hours with mixed use.
Fossil Gen 6 is available in smoked stainless steel, brown leather, camouflage green grosgrain, and gold / purple. The stainless steel model costs $ 319 while the rest of the line is priced at $ 299.
Fossil also offers replacement silicone, leather, and stainless steel straps ranging from $ 29 to $ 49. Shipments to the United States are expected to be completed by September 27. International prices and availability are not yet detailed.