Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatches Launched With Old Software, Chip, Despite New WearOS at Hand

The Fossil Gen 6 portfolio of smartwatches are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform, and run on the WearOS 2 OS.

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Fossil Gen 6

The Fossil Gen 6 range of smartwatches is here, and while they are new devices on their own right, they present a complicated offering in terms of what they bring to the table. Among other things, the Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch portfolio comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus processor platform, and debuts running on the older generation Wear OS 2 software. The launch comes at a time when Wear OS 3 has already debuted on the new Samsung smartwatches, meaning that in essence, the new smartwatches have been launched on old software.

Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches: key specifications

In terms of what they bring to the table, the Fossil Gen 6 watches feature traditional, circular displays, and are available in two watch sizes – 42mm and 44mm. The watches are powered by the above mentioned Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus platform, along with 8GB of local storage and 1GB RAM. The display uses an AMOLED panel, features 326ppi pixel density with 416 x 416 pixels screen resolution, and measures 1.28 inches in size. The watch bodies offer 3ATM water resistance. While they run on WearOS 2, Fossil has claimed that all the watches will be upgraded to the new WearOS 3, next year.

The new smartwatches feature Bluetooth 5.0 for faster and smoother connectivity, and include both a speaker and a microphone for calls on the go. In terms of sensors, it gets SpO2 blood oxygen monitor, round the clock heart rate tracking and a typical array of fitness and health tracking modes including various exercises. It gets Google Assistant handsfree control, along with integrated GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi, as well as smartphone notification and smart home controls.

Prices and availability

The Fossil Gen 6 standard edition costs $299, while the Stainless Steel version costs $329. The colour options include Brown Leather, Gold/Purple, Green Camo Grosgrain and Smoke Stainless Steel. The additional straps are priced between $29 and $49, and shipping in USA is slated to begin from September 27. There is no word on when Fossil will bring these to India, but it should happen at some point.

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