The Fossil Group and its subsidiaries have showcased the new lineup of smartwatches on the floor of CES 2021. Even though these watches are from three brands, since they are essentially the same company, each shares the same set of hardware specifications but differ in their style of appearance. In addition, to that difference, some smartwatches run on Google Wear OS whereas the others have a hybrid OS focusing on battery life and the former comes with LTE connectivity.
The Fossil Gen 5 LTE
It accompanies the current Gen 5 and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. The smartwatch also comes with the eSIM functionality and in addition, you can utilize the 8GB on board storage to store music from Spotify to save precious data. It features a 1.3-inch touchscreen and is wrapped around by a 45mm case.
To make sure the watch makes it through the day, there are three battery modes, daily – allows you to use every function and requires charging every night, extended – only essential functions enabled, needs to be charged every other day and finally, time only mode – shows the time only and lasts over a week. In addition, you can mix and match these modes to get the battery life you desire.
Being a smartwatch it supports all the health and fitness modes you would need and it comes with Google Play pre-installed. It can also control Nest devices in your home and can even start the engines of select Toyota cars. According to the company, the smartwatch is water proof and is rated at 3 ATM. The Fossil Gen 5 LTE pricing starts at $350 and will hit shelves later this spring in the US. However, you would need access to a Verizon network and an Android phone to make it work as of now. Check out more details here.
Michael Kors Access Gen 5E
Michael Kors Access Gen 5E comes in two variants. The first one, MKGO comes with an aluminum case and a silicone strap and hence is cheaper whereas the expensive one Darci is fitted with a stainless steel case and a seven-link bracelet. The rest is pretty much the same.
Both watches have a 1.19-inch AMOLED display and is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. It does not support LTE but if you connect the smartwatch with your phone you can receive calls and talkback via the mic and speaker on the watch. There is support for NFC and you can pay your bill via Google Pay. The Michael Kors Access Gen 5E MKGo costs $250 whereas the Darci variant is priced at $350.
Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR
Finally, we have the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR which is the first of its kind as it features an e-ink display but shares quite a few features and designs with the Fossil hybrid watches. The Skagen Jorn watch comes in two wrist sizes – 42mm and 38mm and is offered in five different styles.
By sacrificing the usual functions of a traditional smartwatch, you get up to two weeks of battery life, thanks to the e-ink display. Besides, it can be charged up to 80% in under 50 minutes. However, you do get features like heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and step or calorie counting. It will also show notifications from your phone and let you control music playback. The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR is priced at $195 and will be available for purchase from January 26.
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