Fossil Gen 5E It is a variant of the smart watch of the same name reduced in performance of some components to be able to market it at a lower price.
Apple Watch SE arrived in the recent Apple keynote as a budget version of the Cupertino firm’s smartwatches. Apple dominates the segment at a great distance and wants to shore up its advantage. Fossil uses the same approach as Apple, maintains build quality, but with internal hardware from previous generations.
Fossil Gen 5E is the younger brother of a critically appreciated model that passes for one of the best watches you can buy under Google’s Wear OS operating system for wearable devices.
The differences between the two start on the screen, a little smaller in the new model with 1.19 inches. However, in order not to affect the quality of it, the pixel density remains the same: 328 dpi. The stainless steel chassis offering a premium product feel.
The biggest change comes inside, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset launched in 2018 along with half the storage capacity, 4 GB, as you will see in its main features chart.
Fossil Gen 5E, specifications
- Case: 44mm, stainless steel
- Strap: 22 mm, interchangeable
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
- Memory: 1GB RAM
- Storage: 4 GB
- Screen: AMOLED 1.19 inches
- Resolution: 390 x 390 pixels / 328 ppi
- Input: home button, touch screen, voice
- Sound: Speaker, Microphone, Vibration
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, Wi-Fi
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, IR, PPG heart rate
- Battery: 24 hours + extended multi-day mode
Fossil Gen 5E will be available starting November 3 with an official price of $ 249. It’s only $ 50 less than what his older siblings cost. Too little, but perhaps enough to bring it closer to the user who is looking for alternatives to Apple that, honestly, in smart watches it is difficult to find them.
Let’s hope Google hasn’t thrown in the towel in this market segment and is able to improve Wear OS to catch up with Apple. Hardware is there, as this Fossil Gen 5E shows.