Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch comes with LTE support

Fossil Gen 5 LTE

Fossil is introducing a few more Gen 5Es at CES 2021. If you've got a good memory, however, this shouldn't come as a surprise - recent FCC filings hinted that this was coming back in December.

Fossil Gen 5 LTE stands out as one of the best options for those looking for an LTE compatible Wear OS watch.

That design is nearly the same as the standard Gen 5 look.

Fossil's first LTE watch is being launched exclusively in partnership with Verizon in the U.S. and that means that there are some caveats to consider. Whether it'll eventually include other carriers isn't clear right now. So perhaps there's a chance the Gen 5 LTE will end up there at some point too. However, Fossil has baked in four smart battery modes that are claimed to extend the battery life to multiple days.

There might come a new hybrid smartwatch from Fossil's Skagen brand, which basically uses a more bare-bones software platform of Fossil.

If you don't need Global Positioning System tracking, Google Pay support, Play Store access, or a modern AMOLED touchscreen apart from the 4G LTE speeds the various Gen 5E families out there do without, a $195 Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR might be your ideal choice to bring the best of both worlds together starting January 26. (Yay for the petite-wristed!) Like the Fossil Hybrid HR, you can also customise the e-ink display.

The watch performs like a basic smartwatch and gives a battery life of two weeks on a charge. That said, we don't yet have a firm release date for the Fossil Gen 5 LTE, but the company says it'll be launching in the spring, so you should expect it somewhere between March and June in the US. The watches retail for $349 which is $50 more than the standard variant.

See what I mean?

It has a Skagen style case and logo, but the on-screen design (and feature set) is identical to that of the Fossil Hybrid HR. I'll give you exactly one guess as to which Fossil watch these are based on. The latter is $US250 ($322), slightly less sparkly, and has a two-piece rubber strap. The LTE support that allows users to connect the watch to the internet without having a smartphone connected to it through Bluetooth.

The Fossil Gen 5 LTE also comes in two different colors, smoke tone stainless steel with a black strap, and rose gold tone stainless steel with a blush strap.

MKGO, the Sporty Spice. I've been banging on this drum ever since Qualcomm announced the chip this past summer. It's very likely the cellular connectivity will trickle down to them in time. So we'll continue to wait.

Editor's Note: Stay tuned for local Australian pricing and availability.



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