Image source: Fossil

The first Fossil Gen 7 watches make another regulatory showing

What may be the first Fossil Get 7 watches may have just appeared at Bluetooth SIG. Last month they stopped by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A launch is expected perhaps as soon as before the end of June.

Pretty much each year Fossil releases another generation in its smartwatch series. We are now up to six. Right around August and September is when the devices usually start to drop.

The last generation brought with it the 4100+ processor which enables much better performance, support for Bluetooth 5.0, more accurate heart rate tracking, an SpO2 sensor and fast charging. Internal memory was also upgraded to 8GB from the 4GB across the board.

Some had hoped Gen 6 would see the debut of WearOS 3.0. This still will happen. However Google’s new operating system has not been made available to all just yet. We are expecting this to occur in the months ahead.


Bluetooth SIG registration

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) has just added four Fossil Group watches to its register. This is the organization which oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers.

Here’s a screenshot of the filing. Watches with monikers DW14S1, DW14F1, DW15F1 and DW15S1 have been added.

Fossil Gen 7
Image source: Bluetooth SIG

Considering that Gen 6 of Fossil watch goes under the code DW13F1, it is reasonable to expect this to be Gen 7. The DW15S1 refers to a Skagen smartwatch. The Danish outfit sits under the Fossil Group umbrella.


FCC registration of new Fossil watches

Interestingly, this is not the first regulatory filing. Last month the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) added DW15F1 and DW15S1 to its register.

Most of the documentation sits behind a confidentiality clause so there’s not much that can be deduced about their technical specs. The clause runs out on the 20th of June which implies we might get the next generation a bit earlier in the year then is typically the case. Perhaps an unveiling in June with actual availability starting in July or August.

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Documents at the FCC show the following e-label information.

Fossil Gen 7 watch

The paperwork says that both models are “electrically identical” and that “different model names are for marketing purpose”. No surprise really, as this is typically the case with the same generation Fossil watches.

There’s speculation we could get an larger AMOLED display this time around, a boost to water resistance, along with the next generation fitness sensors. Bigger capacity batteries would also be nice.

It is reasonable to expect that Gen 7 will come with Google WearOS 3.0 pre-installed. Of course this depends on when these watches actually see the light of day.

At the recent Google I/O the company made a reference to upcoming WearOS watches in one of the presentations. They said we will be seeing this summer WearOS watches from the Fossil Group line-up (such as Skagen, Hublot and Michael Kors), along with Montblanc, TAG Heuer and Mobvoi.

We’ll keep digging around. Hopefully some more information about Gen 7 Fossil watches will come to light in the days ahead.

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