Fossil Gen 6: Smartwatch leaks again with a familiar design, an outdated SoC and probably Wear OS 2, but it could still be the best Wear OS device for Android fans
Roland Quandt has spotted the Fossil Gen 6 online, the company's upcoming next-generation smartwatch. As expected, the Gen 6 will feature an older SoC and not the upcoming Snapdragon Wear 5100. Surprisingly, Fossil has opted for the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ rather than the Wear 4100 found in the TicWatch E3 and TicWatch Pro 3.
Fundamentally, the Wear 4100 and Wear 4100+ are identical. Both are 12 nm SoCs with four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores, an Adreno 504 GPU and support for LPDDR3 RAM running at 750 MHz. However, the Wear 4100+ also has an AON Co-processor that supposedly reduces battery consumption. According to Qualcomm, the AON Co-processor supports 'up to 64K colours' and 'extends offload experiences' for key smartwatch features, such as continuous heart rate tracking and haptics.
The Wear 4100+ is over a year old at this point, even if the Fossil Gen 6 will be the first smartwatch to launch with the SoC. Additionally, Google has implied that Fossil will not have access to Wear OS 3 until the middle of 2022 at the earliest. Hence, the Gen 6 will arrive with Wear OS 2 instead of the latest version of Wear OS.
Quandt states that the Gen 6 will come in 42 mm and 44 mm sizes with GPS support. All models will have 8 GB of RAM and are rated for up to 24 hours of battery life. There is no word on LTE connectivity or RAM, though.
Previously, Fossil hinted that the Gen 6 would arrive this autumn, a vague statement that Quandt has expanded upon. Apparently, Fossil will launch the Gen 6 on September 27, at least in Germany. The series will start at €299 and will rise to €329 depending on the version.
While this may sound overly negative, the Fossil Gen 6 could be one of the best options for Wear OS fans going forwards, the other being the TicWatch Pro 3. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are turning out to be Tizen smartwatches in all but name, with no Google Pay or Google Assistant integration at launch. As we have covered previously, the Galaxy Watch 4 series requires you to also use Samsung's services instead of Google's, which the Fossil Gen 6 will not.