Fossil gets regulatory approval for Smartwatch with LTE features

Fossil Gen 6 coming?

Fossil received FCC approval for a new wearOS watch that is equipped with LTE functionality. 

According to the FCC filing, the smartwatch model dubbed ‘C1NF1’ has been tested for exposure in the following LTE bands:Fossil Smartwatch LTE

The filing appears to be made under the FCC id ‘UK7-C1N’. It could perhaps mean that these LTE based Fossil Gen 5 models will be launched in the UK market.

The ‘C1NF1’ was among the five new models listed in July in the Bluetooth SIG’s website for Fossil. At that time, the separate models were ‘DW11F1’, ‘DW11F2’, ‘C1CF1’, and C1EF1’.

It’s unclear what the C series wearOS watches are and how they differ from the prior Gen 5 series, usually the ‘DW’ series.

This new FCC filing is pretty specific to the C1NF1 model, and the regulatory filing clearly shows it as a smartwatch with LTE capabilities and NFC and other communication features.

Fossil LTE Smartwatch

Interestingly, the watch was submitted for approval to FCC way back on March 23, 2020. The addendum report highlighting the SAR report and RF exposure info was approved and made available today.

Fossil Gen 5 is one of the most popular wearOS watches out there. The introduction of LTE will go a long way for enticing existing Fossil fans and attracting new wearOS users into the Gen 5 community.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.

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