Fossil has launched the Gen 5E smartwatch and has thereby acknowledged that not everyone wants a large watch with a 44 mm case on the wrist. Gen 5E introduces four 42 mm case sizes with patterns aimed at women, along with three more 44 mm styles in the range. Earlier, the watch came in the Julianna-style Gen 5, which had the more feminine design, only with a 44 mm case.
Let̵7;s start with the new 42 mm styles. The 42 mm Gen 5E may have a smaller case, but the round AMOLED screen still measures 1.19 inches, the case is still 12 mm thick and the battery has a capacity of 300 mAh. The case has either a decorated or smooth frame and is attached to an 18 mm band and comes in a two-tone stainless and gold finish or rose gold finish. There are two stainless steel link bracelets, a stainless steel mesh strap and a silicone strap to choose from.
If you want 44mm Gen 5E, it comes in black with a black silicone strap, black with a link bracelet in stainless steel or in gray-gray with a brown leather strap. The design of the 44 mm Gen 5E case differs from the existing Gen 5 models, without any buttons on the case except for the only crown that is set between the button cover and a textured frame. The straps measure 22 mm and the screen is the same as that used on the 42 mm model.
Gen 5E comes with Fossil’s recently launched Wellness software update, which adds a new fitness app that works in a way that saves battery life, plus there is sleep tracking and an improved battery saving mode as well. We recently took a closer look at the software on the Fossil Gen 5 Garrett smartwatch and found that it was a good addition to the watch overall.
Fossil sells Gen 5E smartwatches for $ 249, which makes them a little cheaper than the Gen 5 models, but there is a catch. While the design has undergone the technical side, it remains the same, which means that Gen 5E uses the old and now replaced Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. Performance has never been fantastic, and watches using the Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor have just started to arrive, but at least the Gen 5E has 1 GB of RAM, which helps maintain a decent speed in everyday life.
Fossil Gen 5E smartwatches are available to pre-order via Fossil’s online store now and delivery is expected to start around 3 November.