Fossil just introduced one of the most colorful and powerful smartwatches yet — take a look

Fossil sport Candice Huffine

Fossil just debuted what it’s calling its most colorful
smartwatch ever — and it might be its most powerful, too. 

The watchmaker on Thursday unveiled the Fossil Sport, a $255
smartwatch that comes in six colors and has two standout internal
features: the
new Wear OS
, Google’s new smartwatch operating system; and the
new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, which should give the watch better
battery life and new abilities. 

Fossil says the new watch is aimed at a “design-conscious
consumer,” which is why the company opted for so many colors.
Typically, smartwatches only come in two or three options, but the
Fossil sport will come in silver, gold, dark gray, red, blue, and
pink.

More varied color options, and more brightly colored options at
that, seems to be a trend this fall: in September, Apple introduced

the iPhone XR
, which comes in six bright colors. 

“We know our consumers want versatility both in their
activity and their accessories, which is why we wanted to bring a
smartwatch to market that is a fit for every style,” Steve Evans,
executive vice president of Fossil Group, said in a press release
about the new watch.

The Fossil Sport will also come in two case sizes, 41
mm and 43 mm, which are roughly the same sizes as an Apple Watch
Series 4 (though, clearly, a different shape). 

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Fossil smartwatch

A new and improved chip

The Fossil Sport is among the first smartwatches to
contain the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip from Qualcomm.

The new chip should make a major difference in battery
life, which has been one of the main issues holding smartwatches
back. For its part, Fossil says the Sport watch should get 24 hours
of battery life, plus an additional two days in battery saver mode,
which is a feature of the new chip. 

The new chip should also provide a few other nice
features, like an enhanced “ambient mode” and some better watch
faces, although Fossil hasn’t given much more detail than
that. 

Beyond the new chip, the Fossil Sport will come
preloaded with the updated Wear OS, Google’s smartwatch operating
system. The new OS has a better shortcuts menu, better-looking and
easier to read notifications, improved gestures, Google Assistant
built in, and a totally redesigned Google Fit app. 

Here are some additional specs of the Fossil
Sport:

  • Wireless charging
  • The ability to pair Bluetooth headphones
  • Built-in sensors including heart rate, NFC, GPS,
    altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, and
    microphone
  • Touchscreen display
  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Interchangeable watch bands

The Fossil Sport will start at $255 and will be available to
order on Thursday, arriving in stores on November 12. Customers in
New York City will be able to check it out for themselves at a
pop-up store at 138 Wooster Street from November 9-11. 

But if you want to get a closer look at the watch before
then, here are all the colors it comes in, along with a few of the
many strap options: 

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See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Fossil just introduced one of the most colorful and powerful smartwatches yet — take a look