Fossil has registered a number of new watches with the FCC. The most notable change from the previous generation is the inclusion of NFC.
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The Group’s brands include Fossil, Relic, Abacus, Michele Watch & Now Coach NY, Skagen, and Zodiac Watches. Fossil also makes watches for brands such as Adidas, Emporio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, DKNY, Diesel, Armani Exchange and others. All its smart devices share pretty much the underlying technology and features, but come in different casing and styles.
The FCC filing was made on Wednesday, which is about 2 weeks earlier than for last year’s models. This smartwatch is dubbed DW7 and it comes in seven different variants: DW7F1, DW7M1, DW7E1, DW7E2, DW7S1, DW7B1, and DW7T1. Screenshots on how to access the E-Label reveal it runs Wear OS with the standard list of applications, and comes with Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi connectivity. The main difference between the variants is in colour, strap material and the chassis.
What all the variants have in common is NFC connectivity that operates in the frequency range of 13.56-13.56 MHz. This allows for on-wrist payments with Google Pay, a feature not commonly available on Fossil’s current generation. Lets hope the watches get a boost to battery life to go along with the new functionality! In addition to the DW7, DW6 and DW8 are also on the way.
Fossil has made a big bet on wearables in recent years and now has an incredible 300 smartwatches, hybrids and fitness trackers under its belt. The Group revealed its wearables division fuelled a surprise sales gain in the latter part of last year, so the strategy is clearly paying off. And it looks like we can expect a wave of new devices in the Fall, a part of the upcoming wave of smartwatches powered by Qualcomm’s next Snapdragon chipset.
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