Fossil has been one among the biggest promoter & investor of Wear OS, putting out numerous smartwatches powered by Google’s software, and its new Gen 5E line offers wearables that are a touch smaller and cheaper than main Gen 5 models.
If you have been expecting a watch at good price point to come along before investing, 7 different models all start at US$249, a saving of $50 on the Gen 5 editions smartwatches. The trade-offs are no integrated GPS, no altimeter, no compass, no ambient light sensor, & 4 GB of on-board storage rather than 8 GB.
The Gen 5E wearables smartwatches can still do many smartwatch tricks though: track your activity, monitor your pulse , assess the standard of your sleep, make purchases with Google Pay, and more. Google Assistant is on board, so you’ll chat with the digital app to urge details of your day, the weather outlook , and everything else that the Assistant knows about.
You can also make & receive calls through the Fossil Gen 5E smartwatches, as long as an Android or iOS phone is tethered thereto and, just like the Gen 5 models, these devices accompany the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 1 GB of RAM & 300-mAh battery that Fossil says will last you a minimum of each day (and may work longer with various features switched off).
It’s a shame to not see the newer Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor on show here – found in likes of the TicWatch Pro 3 – but Fossil is clearly aiming for affordability here. That and smaller wrists, because the Gen 5E series smartwatches introduces a 42-mm casing size alongside a 44-mm option, whereas the Gen 5 only has the latter.
One other change from the sooner models is that the Gen 5E smartwatches only have one physical button – the 2 extra buttons, which you’ll customize to launch a various of functions and apps, get cut.
The screen size is 1.19 inches, on both the 42-mm & 44-mm editions, so you do not lose out in terms of display whichever one you opt to go for. All the functionality of wear OS is here also in fact , from step-by-step navigation to message notifications from your phone.
It would seem Fossil is saving the Gen 6 smartwatches models for 2021, which we might hope have the wear 4100 processor inside, and we’re also remaining optimistic that we’d at one day see a Pixel Watch from Google – especially now that it owns Fitbit.