CES 2020: Skagen Falster 3 gets the Fossil Gen 5 tech makeover
Skagen has made official the Falster 3 at CES 2020. It comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor, a speaker, and four styles including a one designed in partnership with X by KYGO brand.
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Fossil Group is an American designer and manufacturer of accessories makes watches for brands such as Adidas, Emporio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, DKNY, Diesel, Armani Exchange and others. Since 2012, Danish-based Skagen is also amongst its brands.
The Falster 2 was released slightly over a year ago. It came with some hefty upgrades including heart rate tracking, GPS, NFC payments, rapid charging, swim-proofing and more. There were also some subtle design changes such as a slightly smaller case, new minimalist watch dials and two customizable push buttons.
We knew the third generation of the watch was in the works due to a leak a few days ago on Amazon. So what’s new with Skagen Falster 3?
The watch is getting the Fossil Group Gen 5 makeover. This includes the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor instead of the 2100 platform, a built-in speaker, smart battery modes and increased storage capacity (1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage). There’s also NFC for payments-on-the-go, built-in GPS, a microphone and the usual fitness sensors.
The timepiece comes in a few design options. These include a choice between Black Silicone, Blue Silicone, Gun Metal Steel Mesh and Leather – Silicone based straps. Later in the spring, a limited edition design from a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Kygo will also be available. That’s an award-winning Norwegian DJ, songwriter and producer in case you didn’t know.
Other than that, the watch is very much along the lines of the Falster 2, retaining the two pushers and crown in the middle. It is, however 2mm bigger measuring 42mm (with a 1.3-inch OLED display).
As you’d expect, the device spits out notifications and alerts from your smartphone, you can manage your calendar, download third party apps and customize your watch-face. Skagen says you are able to take smartphone calls from the watch using our proprietary phone app, talk and listen to Google Assistant and more. Users will even be able to play music directly on the watch.
Battery life is about a day with normal use. This can be extended to a few more days by choosing one of the less power intensive Extended Battery Modes.
Pricing for the Skagen Falster 3 is identical for all iterations starting at $295. The watches are available on Skagen’s website now, with wider retail availability expected soon.
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