Fossil is no stranger to the smartwatch game, and its latest entry hopes to woo you with new size options and a lower price tag. The Fossil Gen 5E retains the best features of last year’s Gen 5 while adding a new 42mm size option and pulling the price tag of $ 295 up to $ 249.
Surprisingly, the reduced price does not mean that you will lose many features of the original Fossel Gen 5. Instead of 8 GB of storage, you get 4 GB of storage. The crown on the right side doesn’t turn and you don’t get GPS (you’ll need a phone for this). And you also don’t get the ambient light sensor, altimeter, no compass.
But beyond those omissions, you still get a 1.19-inch OLED display, sleep tracking, battery-saving and fitness features, plus the latest version of Wear OS. Some of these features were only recently released in the original Gen 5.
And unlike Generation 5, Generation 5E is available in 42mm and 44mm sizes. They both have the same screen size, but you get smaller bezels with the 42mm size.
Unfortunately, the two generations of watches share another characteristic: the processor. The Fossil Gen 5E retains the same Wear 3100 processor from the previous generation, rather than upgrading to the more rEcent Wear 4100 processor. The Gen 5E will also ship with 1GB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery.
You can pre-order the watch today, and it will be shipped “around” on November 3, 2020.