IFA 2019: Diesel On Axial is Fossil Group’s new designer smartwatch

Fossil Group is not quite done launching new wearables at IFA in Berlin. Its sub-brand Diesel today announced a new designer smartwatch called Diesel On Axial.

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The WearOS device joins an increasing number of wearables that feature Fossil’s 5th generation technology. This slaps on a speaker that allows users to make and receive calls from their wrist when connected to their smartphone. You can also use it to hear sound alerts and answers from Google Assistant.

IFA 2019: On Axial is Diesel’s new designer smartwatch

There’s more storage and memory, this is up to 8GB now. It should all keep things running smoothly, particularly when you take into account the watch comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform.

Users will also benefit from extended battery modes. There are four in total which should help squeeze several days of life out of the battery. The Rapid Charing technology insures you don’t waste a lot of time waiting for the the thing to refuel.

Other features worth mentioning include NFC for Google Pay, built-in GPS, heart rate tracking and a swim-proof design. Diesel has decide to pre-install a number of apps on the watch. Out of the box it comes with Cardiogram for heart health, Spotify for music streaming and the safety app Noonlight.

IFA 2019: Diesel On Axial is Fossil Group’s new designer smartwatch

Just like its predecessor, this is a very durable, bulky device. It comes with rugged pushers, steel rivets and an aluminium core.

We checked it out at IFA and can confirm that while it is big, it is nowhere near the gigantic size of the Diesel On Full Guard 2.5. In fact, the watch manages to look quite smart and stylish.

The $350 Diesel On Axial is due to land in October. Customers will have a choice between gunmetal, silver and bronze-tone stainless steel cases and a plethora of strap options.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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