Fossil opens the year with four new models, three joining its Wear OS-based Gen 5 series, and the latter joining the Hybrid HR series.
The most prominent model is the Fossil Gen 5 LTE, which, as its name implies, has a fourth-generation cellular connectivity that allows calls and applications to run without the need for proximity to the personal phone – although it appears that in the first phase it will only support the Verizon network.
Aside from the cellular capability it is identical to the original Gen 5 launched about a year and a half ago , with the old Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor from Qualcomm, one gigabyte of working memory, a 1.2-inch OLED screen, GPS and NFC for tracking training and payments Without contact, heart rate monitor and steps and battery life ranging from a single working day to about a week in economical condition. It costs $ 349 (about NIS 1,110).
Alongside it were two editions by fashion designer Michael Kors for the cheaper Gen 5E series, which was launched several months ago and does not offer GPS or mobile capability, but does include a microphone and speaker for managing calls via Bluetooth when the phone is nearby or for call management. With voice assistants.
The Access Darci edition is priced at $ 349 (as mentioned, about NIS 1,110) and offers a metal body inlaid with crystals and a metal strap, while the MKGO edition offers an aluminum body and a silicone strap, priced at $ 249 (about NIS 790).
Last but not least is the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR, which joins the company’s hybrid watch series, equipped with real hands. This is not an OLED screen, but a 27.9 cm (1.1-inch) monochromatic electronic ink (eInk) screen, which displays information such as heart rate, steps, weather and alerts from various phone applications, such as caller names and text messages. Understandably, it includes pulse sensors and steps, and also allows for a change in the display design. It comes in sizes of 38 or 42 mm and costs $ 195 (about NIS 620) and offers a battery life of about two weeks.