Skagen Falster Android Wear smartwatch now available starting at US$275
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Danish watchmaker Skagen is now shipping the Falster watch, a smart wearable that was often considered as one of the best-looking devices in its category to be on display at CES 2018. Skagen is not a new brand in the wearable space, but they only released a few hybrids so far, so the Falster is the company's first smartwatch with a full touchscreen.
The Skagen Falster features a round 42 mm OLED watch face and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. Its sturdy case is rated IP67 for protection from water and dust, so taking it out for a walk in the desert or submerging it into up to one meter of water for less than 30 minutes shouldn't be a problem. In terms of connectivity, there is nothing mentioned on the product page, and considering the price, we can (almost) bet that this smart wearable features only Bluetooth connectivity. The list of features includes basic activity tracking and smartphone notifications, as well as Google Assistant support. Obviously, the watch can be customized and new features can be added via the third-party apps available on Apple's App Store or Google Play.
Although Skagen does not reveal the capacity of the battery on its website, it is enough that they mentioned an autonomy of up to 24 hours on a single charge. Considering the autonomy of other Snapdragon Wear 2100-powered smartwatches, it is rather safe to assume that the Skagen Falster features a 300 mAh battery.
The Skagen Falster is compatible with Android handsets that run at least Lollipop and iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9 or later onboard. The brown leather strap/silver case and black leather strap/black case versions have a price tag of US$275, while the steel mesh strap/silver case variant retails for US$295. They come with a 2-year limited warranty and can be ordered directly from Skagen, with free shipping to the US thrown in to sweeten the deal.
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