Fossil unveils first affordable smartwatch with new power-saving chip


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  • Sunday, 18 Nov 2018

Fossil's latest model is the first affordable smartwatch to feature the new Snapdragon Wear 3100, a more efficient chip that guarantees even power users won't find themselves out of battery by the end of the day. — Fossil Group/dpa

Android users have been looking for a counterpart to the latest Apple Watch, which has impressed many with its slim bezels and ECG heart rate monitor. Fossil's new Sport smartwatch may well come the closest.

While most other Android smartwatches run on a two-year-old Qualcomm chip, Fossil's latest model is the first affordable smartwatch to feature the new Snapdragon Wear 3100, a more efficient chip that guarantees even power users won't find themselves out of battery by the end of the day.

Shortly after the release of the Montblanc Summit 2, also featuring the Snapdragon Wear 3100 for just under US$1,000 (RM4,191), Fossil unveiled its new model at a quarter of the price with the same battery-saving tech in it.

Most current smartwatches will struggle to survive more than a day of heavy use involving GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring.

But for anyone who forgets their charger, the 3100 chip will to power down into a special mode that manages to squeeze two days of basic time-telling out of the last few percent of battery.

The Sport comes in six colours, and fits a large number of straps with quite a range of styles.

Judging by the dimensions, the Fossil Sport also won't look out of place on skinnier wrists, which has been a problem for typically chunky smartwatches, largely designed for male wearers.

Fossil says the Sport has a thickness of 12mm, not much higher than an average analogue watch, while the diameter of the face is a compact 41mm or 43mm.

As with most new models, the Sport features NFC, which allows users to pay with their watch in countries that support Google Pay. – dpa
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