Fossil readies four new SmartWatch models

Fossil New Smartwatch models coming

As wearable companies prepare for the busy year-end holiday shopping, we are seeing a large number of consumer smartwatch models getting approved by the FCC and ready to be released soon into the market.


New Fossil smartwatches aim to compete with Garmin, Apple, Fitbit, and others

Fossil Group was approved for four new Smartwatch models recently.

These models have some differences when it comes to antenna gain and external looks but they essentially seem to have very similar features.

Fossil Smartwatch four new models 2020

Given the confidential nature of the original filing, it is hard to figure out the exact form factor or detailed features of the upcoming Fossil smartwatches.

This news comes at the heels of Garmin announcing its new Forerunner 745 and Apple unveiling its new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE this week.

The last publicly released Fossil smartwatch to use wearOS was the Fossil Gen 5.

New Fossil Smartwatch follows Gen 5 design

Staying classical round

Based on the menu attached in the regulatory equipment filing, it appears that Fossil is sticking with the same round form factor of Gen 5 on these new Smartwatch models.

Chances are that these four new models could simply be additional variants of the Gen 5.

Additional features

With the latest update to Gen 5 software, Fossil provided new battery management features, including personalized profiles that can help users quickly toggle their processor performance/battery tradeoffs.

Fossil also introduced a new cardio fitness level tracker along with VO2 max estimation in this update.  The Gen 5 Update provided users with the Wellness app moving some of the work from the main 3100 processor to its co-processor.

Wrap up

It is clear that the Fossil is trying to improve the performance of its Smartwatch via software upgrades but the Smartwatch platform could definitely use the new Snapdragon 4100 processor.

Will you be upgrading to the new Fossil Smartwatch from your existing wear or will you only upgrade to a new Smartwatch if it has the faster processor (Snapdragon 4100) and better battery life than the existing Gen 5?

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. 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 and fitness-tech evolution and keeping 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 Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.



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