Fossil always has something new to show off at CES each year with at least a few new smartwatches which tend to always look better than what the competition has to offer. That’s not at all surprising since Fossil is one of the world’s largest watchmakers and has been for years.
That being said, Fossil’s Wear OS smartwatches have never pushed the limits on the technology front. The company has released dozens of Wear OS devices over the years, but 2021 marks the first time that Fossil has related a smartwatch with LTE support.
The new Fossil Fossil Gen 5 LTE is here, delivering LTE support in a Fossil smartwatch, a feature that is long overdue. Measuring in at 45mm by 13mm, the Gen 5 LTE is slightly wider and thicker than the standard Gen 5, but it does still sport the same 1.28″ AMOLED display as its predecessor, along with the same lug size. Color options include Smoke and Rose Gold, giving men and women the option to choose the color that best fits their style.
Like the display, the internal of the Fossil Gen 5 LTE, match those of the regular Gen 5 with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 310mAh battery. It’s a bit disappointing that Fossil isn’t opting for the newer Snapdragon 4100 since it offers a significant performance boost over the 3100, but the company is likely waiting to include the new chipset in its Gen 6 smartwatches which will likely make their debut later this year.
At launch, the Fossil Gen 5 LTE will sell for $349 and will work exclusively on Verizon’s network with support for Number Share, allowing you to sync your phone number from your smartphone with your watch. Fossil will be announcing a global launch of the device in the near future, featuring compatibility with other LTE networks as well.
NOTE: While Wear OS smartwatches can be used with iOS devices, the Fossil Gen 5 LTE’s cellular network connectivity will not be compatible with iOS at launch. Fossil work working on the feature and is hoping to add support for its in the coming months.