The Fossil Gen 5 launched in 2019 without LTE connectivity has been announced again with a cellular connectivity. Well, the only gripe with the Fossil Gen 5 was lack of cellular connectivity which is now accomplished. The Fossil Gen 5 LTE is one among the very few Wear OS smartwatches which are worth buying. Another smartwatch worth mentioning being the TicWatch Pro 3.
The Fossil Gen 5 LTE takes all that we loved from the Fossil Gen 5 launched in 2019 and combines it with a cellular connectivity, meaning that now you can leave your mobiles at home and still receive messages and calls. Though, it costs the extra monthly data plan, there are many people out there who want to connected only to one device at a time. The in-built speakers make it much easier to takes calls easily from the wrist.
The Fossil Gen 5 LTE packs the same display, processor, battery and storage as that on the original Fossil Gen 5 launched in 2019. So, unfortunately it misses on the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 series chipset. However, the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 chipset is awesome and acceptable. Battery life was decent on the Gen 5, thanks to the Fossil’s custom battery modes. However, we are curious to know how the LTE connectivity might affect the battery longevity.
Another caveat worth mentioning is that the Fossil gen 5 LTE misses out on the latest software update that the company rolled out last August. Though the smartwatch will be launching without enhanced custom battery modes and VO2 max, the new wellness app; the company has assured that it will soon bring software updates to Gen 5 LTE.
The Fossil Gen 5 LTE is available for pre-order now and will launch in the US in this coming spring for $349. Globally the launch might be later this year. Available in two color options: a smoke-tone stainless steel case with black straps and rose gold- tone stainless steel case with blush straps, it is available only in the large 45mm case size.
The smartwatch demands a Verizon membership to buy. The Fossil Gen 5 LTE is Verizon-only at the start and the company has mentioned that they are working to add support for other carriers in the future. It is an Android only smartwatch too. Fossil is working on bringing out smartwatches with iOS compatibility which is expected to be seen in the near future.