A new generation of undercover smarts

A Fossil Gen 6 Machine Hybrid device rests on a white surface.

TL;DR

  • Fossil has announced its Gen 6 Hybrid smartwatch featuring SpO2 tracking and Amazon Alexa support.
  • The device will hit shelves globally on July 27 at a starting price of $229.
  • The company also released a redesigned version of the Fossil Smartwatches companion app.

For a wearable that packs high-tech features into a traditional aesthetic, a hybrid smartwatch is hard to beat. Today, Fossil announced a new option heading to the market, the new Gen 6 Hybrid. Like all Fossil smartwatches, the new generation takes design cues from the company’s classic analog lineup and packs it with features.

The Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid lineup will feature two designs the Machine and the Stella. The Machine case size measures 45mm with a textured bezel suggestive of, you guessed it, machinery. It is available in Black, Silver, or Smoke. The Stella features a smaller 40.5mm case with a beveled design and optional rings of bling. It is available in Rose Gold, Silver, and Two-tone colorways. Both models utilize interchangeable bands (24mm and 18mm, respectively) with bracelet options in mesh or three-link metallics and classic band options in leather and silicone.

A Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid Stella rests on a white surface surrounded by interchangeable band options.

Headlining features include support for Amazon Alexa, a new microphone to access the assistant, and a brand new SpO2 sensor. According to the company, the device will also boast two weeks of battery life and provide improved heart rate monitoring. These features are in addition to basic health and fitness tracking, smart notifications, and customizable watch faces. Finally, a newly designed user interface will now mirror the device’s circular design for a more intuitive user experience.

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Additionally, Fossil released a redesigned version of its smartwatch companion app — Fossil Smartwatches. Users can expect more personalization and at-a-glance metrics in the updated app. These include a daily roundup of key stats. New users can kick off their experience by downloading the app for Android or iOS. Current Fossil hybrid owners will automatically receive the update.

You can grab a Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid on June 27, from Fossil.com or in Fossil stores. Casual styles such as leather and silicone will be priced at $229. For a metallic bracelet model, you will need to fork over an extra $20.

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