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Does the Fossil Gen 5 support LTE?

Fossil Gen 5
Fossil Gen 5 (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

Best answer: No. While the Fossil Gen 5 is the newest device from the watchmaker and it uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 3100, it does not have a cellular radio for LTE connectivity.

Can't hear me now

Fossil is one of the few Wear OS watchmakers that has continued to attempt innovation — and within the confines of the OS, it has. The Gen 5 is a great-looking wrist piece that does a fine job looking like a traditional mechanical watch. They have managed to squeeze a lot of great tech into a relatively slim 44mm stainless steel case, such as 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage. Fossil also included 3 ATM waterproofing, GPS, heart rate monitor, and a colorful 1.3-inch AMOLED display.

Even though Fossil included the newest wearable processor from Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 3100, unfortunately, an LTE radio was not included. Yes, a cellular radio is a great feature to have when being tethered to a phone isn't wanted or needed. That feature does come at a cost — and that cost is in battery life. In our review of the Fossil Gen 5, we found it has about average usage in the real-world at around 20 hours. This is while tethered to your phone via Bluetooth. If that seems short to you, could you imagine what it would've been like if you had LTE?

So if you need a watch to have an LTE radio in it, or just want it to say you have it, then the Fossil Gen 5 won't be for you. In that case we recommend the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE (opens in new tab) to stay witin the Wear OS family. You can also pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 with LTE (opens in new tab) if you prefer its style. Both are great watches that will get you the freedom from your phone you so desire.

However, if you like a classicly-styled watch with some smarts inside — and you can get by with keeping your phone near — then the Fossil Gen 5 will likely make you quite happy.

Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.