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Fossil’s next-gen goes all in on wellness with continuous heart rate tracker

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Fossil has announced the newest generation to its wearables portfolio: the Gen 6 Touchscreen Smartwatch.

The moves sees the series 6 become the first smartwatch powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ Platform, providing users faster application load times, highly responsive user experiences, and more efficient power consumption.

In addition, the battery charging speed is two times faster than leading smartwatches, reaching 80% charge in just over 30 minutes.

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Focusing on the wellness trend, users will also benefit from continuous heart rate tracking, a new SpO2 sensor, speaker functionality to make and receive tethered calls, software updates from Wear OS by Google and Fossil Group as well as smart battery modes.

The Fossil brand Gen 6 smartwatch will be first to market, launching globally for pre-order for Android and iOS phone users alike beginning August 30.

Gen 6 will also be compatible with Google’s new system update, Wear OS 3, announced earlier this year.

The smartwatch will be eligible for the Wear OS 3 system update in 2022, alongside other updates that will continue to improve the overall user experience.

Steve Evans, Chief Brand Officer at Fossil Group, commented: “We are proud to announce our highly-anticipated next generation of smartwatches. At Fossil Group, we are always striving to deliver increased performance and delight users, working in partnership with Qualcomm and Google, and we are excited by the new capabilities Gen 6 is bringing to our users. Faster interface, less time to charge and upgraded health and wellness features are only a few of the benefits Gen 6 will see as our teams continue to innovate and evolve our smartwatch portfolio.”

Adding: “We also know how crucial personalized style continues to be in the wearables space for our design-conscious consumer, so I am excited to share that in addition to Fossil brand, Michael Kors will soon be launching Gen 6 as well. Our innovation teams at Fossil Group continue to provide users the best-in-class experience without compromising stunning design from brands they love.”

The Gen 6 retails for $299-$319 and will be available for pre-order beginning August 30.

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