Announced a company (Fossil) Fossil for its first LTE smartwatch called Gen 5 LTE, and the watch is based on Fossil’s Gen 5 Wear OS platform, which means that it has many of the same Gen 5 platform features and is likely to work in the same way as the released Fossil smartwatches. In late 2019.
The new smartwatch is being sold at $ 350 and will be available this spring in the United States.
The watch is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 processor, which is Fast enough to handle Wear OS, but smart watches that use it have a hard time getting more than a day of battery life.
Fossil does not use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 processor available primarily on TicWatch Pro 3.
To compensate for the battery issue in Wear OS watches, Fossil watches offer four battery groups that turn different functions on or off depending on your needs.
Gen 5 LTE includes heart rate, GPS, altitude and ambient light sensors.
It also includes a amplifier, which the company calls Swimproof, and comes Either in black or rose gold, but there is only one size at 45mm.
Android users looking for a smartwatch with LTE technology don’t have many good options, so this new generation Gen 5 LTE might be the best thing.
And if you don’t need LTE, Fossil’s other brands have a few other options that might interest you.
The watch should last about two weeks on a single charge, and it can still perform basic smartwatch functions. It can detect heart rate, show notifications, and count steps.
All in all, Fossil’s smartwatch lineup this spring is practical, as the company has managed to move Wear OS watches to a place where it never clashes with the basics.
Google’s next step in the hardware field is to end its acquisition of Fitbit, but it is not known what its next step will be in Wear OS and smartwatches in general.