Fossil announced another new smartwatch this week, this time in the e-ink category and without Wear OS. The Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid now comes in a Wellness Edition, just like the regular Gen 6, but with much longer battery life, what should be a simpler UI, and tons of health features.
For those new to Fossil’s hybrid collection, the most important thing to know is that they try to combine the best of a regular watch and a smartwatch. They don’t run Wear OS, but are still able to track plenty of health metrics (like SpO2 and heartrate) and let you customize your watch face a bit. This includes physical watch hands and a more traditional watch feel with some smarts on the back end. We get our first Gen 6 hybrid model in mid-2022.
This latest Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid Wellness Edition comes with a 44mm case that supports a 20m strap, up to 2-week battery life, automatic workout detection, SpO2 and VO2Max tracking, Alexa integration and a new design. It can also ping you with notifications from your phone, show the weather and let you control the music An embedded microphone, physical buttons for controls, different color options, Bluetooth 5.0, pretty fast charging, and 3ATM water resistance.
The new Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid Wellness Edition will launch later this week for $229 You can buy it on Fossil’s site.