Fossil Introduces Gen 5 Smartwatches with Wear OS and Preloaded Cardiogram

Fossil’s new Gen 5 Smartwatch comes with an updated spec sheet and...

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Fossil’s new Gen 5 Smartwatch comes with an updated spec sheet and new battery modes which promise increased autonomy. The watches are powered by Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and runs Wear OS.

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The new smartwatch is set to integrate Cardiogram, an app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, preinstalled. The Cardiogram platform has been tested to detect sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension and atrial fibrillation, reports MobiHealthNews.

“For several years, the health and wellness industry has been converging with smartwatch technology — and Fossil knew there was a tremendous opportunity to provide a connected option for the design-conscious consumer looking to bring style to their wrist,” Steve Evans, EVP of Fossil Group, said in a statement.

The Gen 5 Touchscreen Smartwatch has a 44-millimeter case size with a 1.3-inch digital display. It follows the brands' design strategy that focuses on merging new tech with classic watch design.

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The watches come in six color variants, which range from a sleek black to rose gold.

The watches come equipped with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, both about twice the usual allotment.

The Gen 5 smartwatches also feature an extended battery life, voice calling, swim-proof speakers, increased storage and the heart rate tracking feature Cardiogram's platform will rely on. They’ve also got NFC for Google Pay, Wi-Fi, GPS, 30-meter water-proofing, and a speaker.

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This is the first time Fossil is adding a speaker to its smartwatches. The speaker will allow you to hear answers from the Google Assistant, receive sound alerts and even play music. It's paired with an onboard microphone. The speaker is swim proof up to three atmospheres, so it should be OK for a quick dip and rain.

The watches are on sale, starting at $295 from Fossil’s online store. Amazon won’t ship them until early next month, but you can pre-order now.

Sam Draper
August 7, 2019

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