Seven months after Google bought part of the Fossil Wear OS watch division, the firm returns to the load with a new range of smartwatches. The company has named it as Fossil Gen 5 and, as is tradition, its new smartwatches go back to Wear OS as an operating system.
Among the novelties of the Fossil Gen 5, the extended battery mode and the speaker stand out. The first is a patented technology with various battery settings whose purpose is “to offer a more durable battery mode”, while the second is designed to answer and make calls directly from the watch. We will talk about these two functions later, but first, let’s review its technical sheet.
Fossil Gen 5 Smart Watch Specifications
|DIMENSIONS||44 x 44 x 12 mm
|SCREEN||1.28 inch AMOLED
328 x 328 pixels
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon Wear 3100
| ||1 GB
|INTERNAL STORAGE||8 GB|
|CONNECTIVITY||Bluetooth 4.2 LE
|COMPATIBILITY||Android 4.4 or higher
iOS 9.3 or higher
The new Fossil Gen 5 arrives in two different styles. The first is Julianna HR, with a more feminine design and golden pink spheres. The second is Carlyle HR, with black and gray spheres, darker straps and more masculine design. A mere aesthetic issue, since the size of the strap and the spheres, is exactly the same: 44 x 44 mm, 12 mm thick and 22 mm straps.
At the top, we have a fully circular AMOLED screen of 1.28 inches and a resolution of 328 x 328 pixels. From it we can access the “Tiles”, a new feature of Wear OS that allows you to consult information and perform actions by sliding to the right or left. Through gestures we will also access the applications, highlighting Spotify or Noonlight and Cardiogram, which are preinstalled.
Battery Features of Fossil Gen 5 SmartWatches
And now that we talk about applications, let’s talk about functions. We said before that clocks have an extended battery mode and speaker, so let’s stop at them. The extended battery mode is an elegant way of referring to different battery management systems. There are four and they are the following:
- Extended battery mode: only essential functions of the watch are left activated and, depending on the brand, “extend a single charge to several days”.
- Daily mode: more features enabled, such as the screen always visible. Let’s say it’s the way we will use the most.
- Custom mode: or custom mode, allows the user to configure which functions and settings are activated.
- Time-only mode: the clock starts showing only the time to avoid unnecessary consumption.