Diesel has announced the second generation of its Diesel On Full Guard smartwatch at the IFA tech show in Berlin. The upgrade is so big, the company felt it was worth tagging the iteration with number 2.5 rather than 2.
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The device is the latest in Fossil Group to inherit what the company calls its 4th Generation technology (Diesel is one of the sub-brands of Fossil Group). We’ve already seen similar upgrades on Fossil’s Q Explorist HR, Q Venture HR, as well as the Michael Kors Access Runway and Skagen Falster 2.
Diesel has now slapped on a heart rate sensor, GPS, NFC for Google Pay and 3 ATM water-resistance to its smartwatch. This means the gizmo comes with some serious fitness smarts this time around. Battery life is up to 2 days which is not really all that great, but the company says the watch comes with fast charging technology which can top it up fairly quickly.
The Wear OS device still carries Qualcomm’s ageing Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. We are expecting its successor in the months ahead.
You will need to have some big wrists though as, much like its predecessor, its a rather bulky animal. In fact its grown and now has a 56mm stainless steel case and a 1.39-inch screen which makes it the biggest smartwatch around!
Look for the device to land in October. There will be three versions to choose from including a gray case with a brown strap, a black case with a gray strap and a black case with a black strap. No word yet on price.
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