Fossil has been one of the biggest backers of Wear OS, putting out numerous smartwatches powered by Google’s software, and its new Gen 5E line offers wearables that are a little smaller and more affordable than the main Gen 5 models.
If you’ve been waiting for a watch at the right price point to come along before investing, the seven different models all start at US$249, a saving of $50 on the Gen 5 editions. The trade offs are no integrated GPS, no altimeter, no compass, no ambient light sensor, and 4 GB of on-board storage instead of 8 GB.
The Gen 5E wearables can still do plenty of smartwatch tricks though: track your activity, monitor your heart rate, assess the quality of your sleep, make purchases with Google Pay, and more. Google Assistant is on board, so you can chat with the digital app to get details of your day, the weather forecast, and everything else that the Assistant knows about.
You can also make and receive calls through the Fossil Gen 5E smartwatches, as long as an Android or iOS phone is tethered to it and, like the Gen 5 models, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 300-mAh battery that Fossil says will last you at least a day (and longer with various features switched off).