In the months since Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 debut, its first new high-end wearable chipset in two years, the smartwatches that sported the on-chip system have been far and few in the way. The Montblanc Summit 2 ($ 995) very expensive ($ 995) was the first; Louis Vuitton, who launched the $ 2,500 Tambour Horizon in May 2017, said at the start of the fall that his watch was imminent. But finally there is good news for smartwatch fans who are proving a bit stronger: to date, a convenient model is becoming part of the line.
Fossil Group – American designer and producer Richardson, based in Texas, whose brands include Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Diesel, Kate Spade New York, Burberry and Emporio Armani, among others – this week presented Fossil Sport Smartwatch latest generation. In addition to the Snapdragon Wear 3100 and a series of features driven by Google's newly redesigned Wear operating system, it is the first of Fossil's wearable devices to be placed in a new campaign led by Candice Huffine model and runner. And it's priced at $ 255, which makes it by far the cheapest packaging device with 3100 yet.
"With an eternal personal mission to allow women to embrace their authentic selves and love the skin they are in, Candice has combined her two passions of fashion and sport," wrote Fossil. "It is with great pride that Fossil chose Huffine as the testimonial of this campaign because he inspired the fans by spreading his message of positivity, inclusiveness and empowerment".
The sports smartwatch – technically the fourth generation, replacing the Gen 3 Q Control – takes a couple of cues from the recent Q Venture HR. The three buttons ("buttons") that round the right side, facing the hand – two of which act as programmable shortcuts, which flank a structured crown that scrolls the notifications when rotated and scrolls a list of installed apps when you touch – protrude from the aluminum and nylon topring otherwise smooth and rounded. The minimalist case is available in two sizes, 41 mm and 43 mm, and in six colors, all paired with 18 / 22mm silicone straps with designs in pink, blue, bright purple, dark orange, gray and more 28.
That's all to say that the Sport Smartwatch has few similarities with its predecessor, which was in fact a rebranded version of the Misfit Vapor. (Fossil acquired Misfit in 2015 for $ 260 million.) Fossil claims that the new design makes it "the lightest smartwatch to date", even taking into account the bevy of sensors including NFC, heart rate, GPS, altimeter, accelerometer , gyroscope, ambient light and microphone. It is a bold statement that we will have to test once we get our hands on the thing.
The Sport Smartwatch is improved in other ways. The 350 mAh battery – which Fossil said is larger than the 3 Gen Q Control output – lasts "more than a day" (24 hours +), with an energy-saving watch mode that offers another two days. This is thanks to the "big-small-tiny" architecture of Snapdragon Wear 3100, which pairs four A7 cores with a digital signal processor (DSP) and a very low power coprocessor.
It is not clear whether Sport Smartwatch supports the other power-saving modes of Snapdragon Wear 3100, such as the traditional display mode, which displays a basic animated dial to save energy and dedicated sport mode, which enables basic features such as heart rate and GPS tracking, but nothing else. We contacted Fossil for clarification.
As for the rest of the specifications of the hood, the Sport Smartwatch has a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and Bluetooth 4.2 LE. The external housing is waterproof up to five pressure atmospheres (5 ATM).
What is clear, however, is that the Sport Smartwatch ships the latest version of Wear OS. The improved Google Assistant is more active than before, collects useful information about upcoming appointments, calendar items, weather, traffic conditions, and more. Intelligent answers – contextually appropriate responses to the message, complete with emojis – are in their wake, as are the context menu of the updated apps and a redesigned Google Fit. The system of gamified points of this last, developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization, rewards the wearer to spend time physically active and to follow training routines physically demanding. If they wish, they will periodically submit them to motivating suggestions and suggestions.
The sports Smartwatch is preloaded with three custom dials that incorporate minutes of movement and heart points in their projects, said Fossil, and two apps: Spotify and Noonlight. It will be available for purchase from November 8th and in some Fossil retail stores on November 12th.