New Puma and Kate Spade smartwatches get Bluetooth certification
A new Puma and a new Kate Spade smartwatches have received Bluetooth certification yesterday. The first of these is likely to be the Puma Sport Connected, while the second is more of a mystery.
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Fossil Group devices carrying monikers “DW9K1” and “DW9P1” were added today to the Bluetooth SIG database. The label info is typically enough to deduce the name of the sub-brand.
After the model number there’s a letter followed by a 1 or a 2. The letter stands for the Fossil Group sub-brand name. In this case the K refers to Kate Spade and the P to Puma. Watches with the exact same monikers received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) back in early August.
The Puma device is not much of an enigma. We saw the unveiling of the Puma Sport Connected at IFA 2019 about a month and a half ago. This is the first product resulting from last year’s tie-up between Fossil Group and sports brand Puma.
The Wear OS smartwatch comes equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, built-in GPS, a swim-proof design and more. There’s also an app to take your training up a notch. The $275 Puma Sport Connected is expected to launch in early November, ahead of the all-important holiday shopping period.
The Kate Spade wearable is more of a mystery. It could be an upgraded version of the New York Scallop. Particularly as the last device in this range goes under the moniker DW7K1. This would imply there will be a new version with Fossil Group Generation 5 smarts such as the latest Snapdragon Wear processor, longer battery life, increased storage capacity and more.
The Bluetooth SIG details don’t reveal much beyond support for Bluetooth 4.2. Rather oddly, the product name listed for the Kate Spade device is “Smartwatch – Quail”. So the other option could be that this is a new smartwatch in the designer brand’s range.
Not long before we find out. The fact that the device has hit both the FCC and now the Bluetooth SIG register implies the launch should not be far off. Probably at the same time as Puma Sport Connected, in early November.
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