While there’s still a noticeable lack of smartphone manufacturers working with Wear OS, Fossil is still churning out Wear OS watches left and right. The company’s latest smartwatch, the Fossil Sport, is perhaps its most exciting launch in some time — that’s because it’s powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset.
We’ve seen too many smartwatches come to market recently with Qualcomm’s two-year-old Snapdragon Wear 2100. Fossil’s own sub-brands are even guilty of this. But the Sport runs on the new 3100 SoC, which should provide noticeable improvements in battery life and performance.
Fossil says the watch’s 350mAh battery will last upwards of 24 hours on a single charge, and there’s even a new battery saver mode that will supposedly eke out two extra days of battery life.
Under the hood, the Fossil Sport comes with a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS, and NFC for payments with Google Pay. It’s also running the revamped Wear OS that just started rolling out in September.
Finally, you’ll be looking at a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a 390 x 390 resolution. This is pretty standard for Fossil smartwatches.
Interested? You can buy the Fossil Sport right now from Fossil.com for $255, or from Fossil retail stores beginning Monday, November 12. The watch comes in two sizes — 41 and 43mm — and six different color options.
I think Fossil is offering a pretty compelling package at this price point, especially considering the hardware and newer chipset. We’ll have a review unit inbound sometime soon, but for now, what do you think?
08/11/2018 12:11 PM