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The Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid combines an SpO2 sensor with traditional watch movements

The Gen 6 Hybrid. (Source: Fossil)
The Gen 6 Hybrid. (Source: Fossil)
Fossil has just added a Hybrid variant to its Gen 6 series of Wear OS smartwatches. The new model comes in 2 sizes, both of which upgrade to blood-oxygen measurements as well as heart-rate monitoring for the first time. It is also rated for sleep tracking, step-counting and Amazon Alexa support.

Fossil asserts that the new Gen 6 Hybrid is "a smartwatch like no other", and that is certainly true in that it is the first wearable of its line to support blood-oxygen-related feedback. These measurements should appear in one of the active display found within its face behind its conventional hands.

These integrated e-dials are rated to stay on for up to 14 days per charge, and to be legible in a variety of lighting conditions; then again, Fossil has yet to reveal what they are made of. Regardless, the brand has prepared a new connected app interface for the Gen 6 Hybrid's internals.

It allows the user to choose what to track on the watch, from a selection that includes 24/7 heart-rate data, sleep, steps, workout progress and the new SpO2 function. It can also help change the watch-face and is backwards-compatible with the Hybrid HR.

The Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid can also be set to preview texts and calls, and has "your favorite" Alexa features - but only within range of a paired Bluetooth smartphone. It comes in 2 case sizes: 40.5mm and 45mm, which means it may not be one for those with smaller wrists and have no time for the bling-filled bezel thing.

Nevertheless, this option will start for US$229, or go up to $249 with one of the Hybrid's metallic bands, from June 27, 2022.

Buy a fully Wear OS-powered Gen 6 on Amazon


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-06-25 (Update: 2022-07- 4)