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Fossil announces Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatch with Snapdragon Wear 3100

What you need to know

  • The Gen 5 Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch has been announced.
  • It's powered by Wear OS and includes NFC, GPS, 3 ATM waterproofing, and a speaker.
  • You can buy the Gen 5 watch right now for $295.

Fossil, one of the few brands that remains committed to Wear OS watches, has just unveiled the latest entry in its lineup — the Gen 5 Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch. Boring name aside, the Gen 5 has the makings of a solid wearable.

First, let's get the basics out of the way. The Gen 5 has a 44mm case, 1.3-inch AMOLED screen, a heart-rate sensor, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. There's 3 ATM waterproofing so you can safely take the Gen 5 with you in the pool, in addition to GPS and NFC chips — the latter of which allows for contactless Google Pay payments.

On top of all that, the Gen 5 also includes a speaker. This is something we seldom see on non-LTE smartwatches, and it allows you to accept phone calls directly on the Gen 5, hear Google Assistant responses, get audible notification alerts, and listen to music directly from the watch's speaker.

Fossil's also promoting 24+ hour battery life on the Gen 5, in addition to an "Extended Battery Mode." Per Fossil:

This new experience offers an 'Extended Battery Mode' where users can extend to multiple days on a single charge while still enjoying essential features like notifications and heart rate. 'Daily Mode' allows users to experience most features enabled, such as always-on screen. 'Custom Mode' allows users to easily manage battery optimization settings themselves, all in one place, where 'Time-Only Mode' gives users additional hours when the watch has a low battery or if they choose to use the smartwatch to only tell time.

If you're interested, the Gen 5 Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch is available for purchase as of today (August 5) and costs $295.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • This actually seems to be a really solid wearable. Ticks all the boxes for me. A little pricey, but not unreasonable.
  • 24+hour battery life. Sigh
  • Not a surprise, it's using the weather 3100, which is basically a wear 2100 with higher numbers. If you want 2 or 3 days you need to go with Samsung or Apple unfortunately.
  • Every time I get to battery life and .....nope... maybe next gen will suck less?!?
  • Only 3 ATM? Seems a bit odd given almost all of the competition is 5 ATM. Not that I'd actually need more than 3 personally lol.
  • even my 4k Fastreck watch has 5 atm water resistant
  • My Gen 3 is broken I tried the Galaxy Watch it's a great watch but it isn't working out for me I need the Google integration. Looking for this Fossil to show up at Best Buy soon that 44mm is scary though, hope it's not a deal breaker
  • Battery Life seems a bit of a letdown. Other than that its a very stylish watch albeit a tad on the pricey side
  • The timing is perfect!! My Guess Connect faced off with a wayward baseball and is no more.
    Looking forward to this new toy!!
  • Looks decent. Out of WearOS, Tizen and Apple Watch I enjoyed WearOS the most but even now it doesn't look like anything has changed since I had my last a few years ago. I can't say I miss charging my watch every night either especially using a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus that does most of the same things but has 2 weeks of battery life and the fitness tracking is actually accurate
  • I'm disappointed that the screen is smaller than the Gen 4 Explorist which has a 1.44inch screen. I absolutely love my Explorist Gen 4 (or sometimes called HR) and may buy this one but I'd rather a big screen.