Fossil Sport comes with Snapdragon Wear 3100 to extend battery life

Fashion meets sports with this latest Wear OS option

Fossil has unveiled its new Fossil Sport smartwatch, becoming the second company to feature Qualcomm's battery-extending Snapdragon Wear 3100 technology.

The £249 Sport runs Wear OS and follows the Montblanc Summit 2, the only other smartwatch housing the latest chipset, which Fossil indicates will help to extend the Sport's battery life past 24 hours.

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The company says the 350 mAh unit, with the help of Wear 3100, will be able to eke out a day of life based on the 'full smartwatch experience', which we're told includes full use of features like heart rate and location tracking. There's also a new battery saving mode, bringing an additional two days of telling the time in an 'ambient mode'.

Sitting alongside the bigger battery is the same crop of features and sensors we've seen flood the fourth generation of Fossil Group devices - a heart rate monitor sits on the underside, while NFC for contactless Google Pay payments and built-in GPS are also on board.

Fossil Sport comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 to aid battery life

(Left, Fossil Sport 43mm; right, Fossil Sport 41mm)

In terms of design, the Sport will come in six different colors (silver, blue, red, gold, rose gold and grey) over two case sizes of 41mm and 43mm. It has a nylon and aluminium casing and silicon bands in 18mm and 22mm - there's 28 band and bracelet styles available for customisation too. Overall, it's a more preppy style than the just-reviewed Fossil Q Explorist HR and Fossil Q Venture HR, and the 1.2-inch AMOLED display (offering a pixel resolution of 390 x 390) is up there with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Watch.

Fossil also says the Sport is its lightest smartwatch to date, with it sitting between the 36-40g mark. To put that in context, the 40mm aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 has a case weight of around 30g, which is added to be a band, and the Fitbit Ionic weighs 50g.

Naturally, the whole show will continue to run on Google's Wear OS platform, which was recently given a makeover in order to improve day-to-day usability. The recently announced Wear OS Spotify app will also, Fossil says, be pre-loaded onto the watch for use straight out of the box, as will personal safety app Noonlight.

The Fossil Sport will come priced at £249 and is available to buy now on Fossil's website, rolling out to Fossil retail stores on 12 November. Just where it ranks among the long list of Wear watches remains to be seen. At least on paper, this represents a feature-packed smartwatch with a bonus of extended battery life - all for a price that sensibly undercuts competitors like Apple and Samsung.

We'll be posting our in-depth review of the device over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back to see if the Sport lives up to the billing.

Fossil Sport comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 to aid battery life


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  • Pw1·

    Wonder what the thickness is? Will it just use Google fit which is awfull , nice to have sleep tracking.

    • AaronCarmen·

      According to Fossil's site, it's 12mm thick. Still waiting on something as thin and comfortable to wear as the Pebble Time Round, which is only 7.5 mm and almost 3-years old now.

  • yogibimbi·

    It will be interesting to see how the crown is implemented. I am currently "testing" (I actually bought it to eventually replace my Nixon Mission) the Diesel Full Guard 2.5, but I will send it back. When cycling, the crown gets triggered accidentally way too often, aka Google Voice is popping up most of the time I want to check the GPS while cycling, something that has happened too seldom on my Mission to be even a minor nuisance, but on the Full Guard it is almost every time that I look down at the watch, either the bloody Voice, that I don't even need, or just the Wear menu that results from a simple press of the crown button, or the normal watchface, that appears after the menu / voice was not selected and it happens so often, that navigation while cycling with the Full Guard is virtually useless because while I am cycling, I cannot just bring up the menu and select Maps every time I am looking at my watch.

    Then, I haven't found out how to deactivate the HR monitor yet, which I guess is more of a gripe with Wear OS itself, but when I take off the watch, no matter that I have already deactivated everything I managed to deactivate of Google Fit, the green light of the HR monitor is always on. Which would not be all bad, but the battery life is atrocious. While on the Mission I usually can squeeze out a day of battery life, even after 2 years with the watch, when in the interim between navigation and having the watch synced to my phone I put it in flight mode. Even when not in flight mode it usually makes it to the end of the day. With the Full Guard - no chance. when I put it on in the morning, do my ablutions and all th eother morning stuff and then cycle to work, after about one hour at work, the battery is already down tow 60-70%, and the watch hasn't even done anything yet. I don't need navigation any more to find my way to work, no notifications etc. etc. And after lunch I can start to consider when to recharge. And I am just guessing that this bleeding of power could be mostly to the HR monitor.
    The charger itself is so far one of the bright spots of the Full Guard, it is small and does its job very well. I also see some potential for improvement there, Diesel could ditch the cable and put a microUSB into it, and then an eyelet to put it on a keychain. I am always wearing at least one microUSB cable as a bracelet, so not having a cable on the charger is a non-issue for me and, in any case, I prefer to recycle my cables instead of having one dangling on each device that might use it at one point.
    That said, my gripes with the Mission so far, and why I am looking for a replacement, is the charging cable and terminal, which just oxidate too fast and don't connect securely, so I often come back to an empty watch battery, although the watch has been connected to the charger during a couple of hours. Plus the Nixon's charger is pretty big and very proprietary.
    I also like that there are more buttons on the Full Guard, which makes it easier to operate in swimming practise, for example, the 30 ATM seems to be sufficient protection for that. And the screen does not seem to pick up random events in the water as often as the Mission does, which is the one problem that ails the Nixon in the water. It is not as bad as accidental menu and voice triggers on the Full Guard, but it is definitely a thing.

    That said, Fossil / Diesel needs definitely to get back to the drawing board with the Full Guard 2.5, and mine will go back to Amazon next week. Hallelujah for 14 days return in the EU! It is tantalizingly close to being a wonderful watch, but battery life (which might be fixable, but I am not having enough time to try out all the obscure tweaks and twists of the OS) and accidental crown triggers make it useless to me as it is currently. Maybe the Fossil Sport or the Full Guard 3.0 (with the Snapdragon 3100 and LTE?) improve on that. As for size, I don't have any problems with that. Knowing Diesel's other watches, I was actually half expecting for the screen to be even bigger, and I would have been cool with that. As it is, my Mission is far more substantial than the Full Guard, coming in at one third thicker while having the same footprint, and the first Casio smartwatch had the size of a diving computer, so the Full Guard is definitely not the biggest Wear OS watch as everybody is saying. Years with a Suunto Core and G-Shocks have fostered an appreciation of watches with big screens in my, and as long as I can pull a sleeve over them when I want to and flexing my arms does not turn into an act of doing curls with just my watch on my wrist, I am very much ok with big watches. The amount of data it allows me to see on the screen makes up for a unfashionably big size. Fuck fashion, I want function!