Fossil is one of the brands that continue to bet on Wear OS as an operating system, with permission from Mobvoi, Suunto, and, recently, Samsung. After launching a fairly complete Fossil Gen 5 last year, now the company returns to the fray with the Fossil Gen 6, a smartwatch inside which we find the Snapdragon Wear 4100+.
The watch will arrive in two sizes, 42 and 44 millimeters, with three and four color combinations, respectively. Its price will be between 299 and 329 euros, depending on the size. After the presentations, we are going to get to know the new Fossil watch better.
Fossil Gen 6 Specification
|FOSSIL GEN 6|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||44/42 x 11.5 mm|
|SCREEN||1.28-inch AMOLEDResolution 416 x 416 pixels326 pixels per inch|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon Wear 4100+|
|INTERNAL STORAGE||8 GB|
|BATTERY||N / AFast charge|
|CONNECTIVITY||Bluetooth 5.0 LEWifiGpsNFC|
|SENSORS||AccelerometerGyroscopeCompassAltimeterHeart rate with PPGSpO2|
IR outside the bodyAmbient light
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||IOS and Android compatibilityGoogle PayGoogle fit|
|PRICE||From 299 euros|
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Like all Wear OS watches that Fossil has released to date, the new Gen 6 arrives with a premium design that attempts to emulate conventional analog watches. It is available in two sizes, 42 and 44 millimeters, both with stainless steel cases, and in different colors, so there are seven models to choose from. Its thickness is 11.5 millimeters.
Fossil has chosen a 1.28-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 416 x 416 pixels, or 326 pixels per inch, for the display. Because the operating system is Wear OS, the interface will be comparable to that of the company’s previous watches.
And, while we’re on the subject of operating systems, Fossil claims that its watch will be updated to Wear OS 3 by 2022. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is now the only watch with this version of the operating system, so it’s encouraging to see companies start to declare their plans to upgrade.
By having Wear OS, the device will be able to access the Google Play Store and the entire ecosystem of Google applications, such as Google Maps. Bringing this OS to life is responsible for 1 GB of RAM and the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor. The main difference between the Wear 4100+ and the Wear 4100 is that the former has a coprocessor to carry out tasks that require less power.
In terms of sensors, the watch incorporates an improved PPG heart rate sensor, according to Fossil; a SpO2 sensor to know the level of oxygen in the blood, and an integrated GPS chip, something interesting for outdoor sports.
The battery capacity of the watch has not been revealed, but the manufacturer assures us that it can last between one and three days depending on the management option we choose. For me, the many energy-saving options on Fossil watches are one of the most impressive aspects. As a final point, the battery can be charged to 80 percent in 30 minutes, according to the manufacturer.