Fossil has announced its first smartwatch with a Snapdragon 3100 chip and Googleâ€™s redesigned Wear OS. The wearable, called the Sport Smartwatch, comes in six different colors â€” gray, pink, red, blue, green, and black â€” in both 41mm and 43mm sizes. Thereâ€™s also a wide range of silicone straps (28 in total) that are interchangeable and water-resistant.
Fossil is emphasizing the Sport Smartwatchâ€™s ambient mode, integrated heart rate sensor, 350mAh battery (with promised all-day battery life), as well as NFC and GPS capabilities, which are all supposed to be improved from the watchâ€™s last generation â€” though there are few details right now about how theyâ€™ve changed. The watch also includes Spotify and Noonlight, an emergency services app, pre-installed.
For the most part, these are all features that other smartwatches share. What the Fossil Sport has going for it is that itâ€™s one of the first Wear OS smartwatches to debut with Qualcommâ€™s new wearable chip, which is supposed to offer better battery life. And, as we know all too well, Googleâ€™s Wear OS and its hardware partners suffered from low-power, outdated chipsets.
Fossil will start selling the Sport Smartwatch for $255 today online and directly at Fossil retail locations.