- The new Fossil Gen 5E smartwatches provide many of the Gen 5’s options in a less expensive bundle.
- Unlike the unique Gen 5, the Gen 5E is available in two sizes: 44mm and 42mm.
- The Gen 5E misses out on standalone GPS, an altimeter, and extra.
Update: February 2, 2021 (4:29 AM ET): Fossil has launched its Gen 5E Wear OS smartwatches in India. Just like their US variations, the wearables are available in 42mm and 44mm sizes.
In India, the Fossil Gen 5E will set you again Rs. 18,495. That’s roughly according to what it prices within the US.
At that worth, the smartwatch will compete with the likes of the Fitbit Versa 3, Huawei Watch GT 2, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
You should purchase the Fossil Gen 5E in India via Flipkart. Read in regards to the specs and options of the smartwatch in our unique article under.
Original article: October 5, 2020 (10 AM ET): Fossil makes a few of our favourite Wear OS watches, however there’s only one drawback — they normally solely are available in one dimension. That’s not useful for individuals who have smaller-than-average wrists. Today, the corporate is releasing the Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch (the ‘E’ is for ‘Essential’), a less expensive tackle the unique that is available in a number of sizes.
You should purchase the Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch within the conventional 44mm dimension or go for the smaller 42mm variant. Whichever dimension you select, you’ll nonetheless have the identical 1.19-inch AMOLED show at 328ppi. The solely different distinction between the 2 fashions is strap sizing. The 44mm mannequin has 22mm straps whereas the 42mm mannequin has 18mm straps. Thickness is identical on each at 12mm.
All Gen 5E fashions additionally include a bodily pusher on the proper facet of the case, although it’s not rotatable like on different Wear OS watches.
The Gen 5E is generally the identical smartwatch because the Gen 5. It has a built-in speaker for receiving calls in your wrist, customized battery modes to assist Wear OS final a bit longer, NFC for Google Pay, the identical Snapdragon 3100 chipset, 4GB of storage (down from 8GB within the Gen 5), and 1GB of RAM. I wouldn’t fear an excessive amount of in regards to the lack of a Snapdragon 4100 processor right here; my Gen 5 smartwatch continues to be working easily on the older chip.
Fitness options are principally the identical because the Gen 5, with a number of caveats. The Fossil Gen 5E smartwatches have related GPS, not standalone GPS. That means you’ll must take your cellphone with you on a run to get correct distance information. It additionally doesn’t include an altimeter, a compass, or an ambient mild sensor.
If that every one sounds good to you, the Fossil Gen 5E is on the market now for $249. That’s a $46 financial savings from the Gen 5’s present $295 worth.
Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch
A pared-down Gen 5 at a less expensive worth
The Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch is rather like the Gen 5, solely it is available in extra sizes and prices much less. It drops a number of options with that lowered worth, nonetheless.
$139 at Amazon
$169 at Fossil
I’ll word that the Fossil Gen 5 goes on sale fairly regularly on Amazon and even Fossil.com. We’ve seen it drop all the way in which right down to $199 previously. Of course, that lowered worth doesn’t make up for the truth that it’s solely out there in a single dimension.
There’s loads of competitors within the Wear OS house proper now even when we haven’t seen many new releases as of late. The Skagen Falster Three involves thoughts, because it’s additionally beneath the Fossil Group model and comes within the 42mm dimension. The Gen 5E is likely to be finest suited for individuals who actually just like the look of the usual Gen 5 however simply need one thing a bit smaller.
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