Fossil Gen 5 vs 6 – What’s New?

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Fossil Gen 6 is the latest Wear OS smartwatch to join the likes of the Galaxy Watch 4 series which also runs on the Wear OS platform. Although, the Gen 6 will not run on Wear OS 3 like Galaxy Watch 4 until next year. However, the Gen 6 comes with a few additions which its predecessor Gen 5 lacks. Fossil Gen 6 is powered by Snapdragon 4100+ and as well features an Spo2 sensor that enables blood oxygen monitoring. In this post, we compare the differences between Fossil Gen 5 vs 6, so you know what is new and if it’s worth upgrading if you already own the Gen 5 or older models.

Fossil Gen 5 vs 6 Full Technical Specifications Comparison

 
 
Product Info

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 6 Full Specifications

Fossil Gen 6 (44mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $199.00 $299.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Fossil Gen 6 (44mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Men
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Fossil Gen 5
Successor
Models
Date released August, 2019 September, 2021
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.28 inch 1.28 inch
Display type AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color
Resolution 416 x 416 px 416 x 416 px
Pixel density 326 ppi
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap material Stainless steel Leather, Silicone, Stainless steel
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Color Black, Brown, Smoke Black/black silicone band, Black/Brown leather band, Black/Green Camo Grosgrain band, Smoke/Smoke stainless steel band
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 44 x 44 x 12 mm
Weight N/A
Waterproof rating 3ATM 3ATM
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Durability test
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB 1GB
ROM 8GB 8GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes
HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Onscreen workout No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh 310mAh
Battery life Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: 24hrs+
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Wear OS Wear OS
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Snapdragon 4100+
CPU 1.2GHz Quad-core 4x ARM Cortex A7 1.7 GHz Quad-core CPU ARM Cortex A53
GPU Adreno 304 GPU Adreno 504 GPU
MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS
Companion app Fossil Q App Fossil Q App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+
Payment system Google Pay Google Pay
Customizable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 6, Manual, Straps
Price $199.00 $299.00

Difference Between Fossil Gen 5 and 6

  1. Gen 6 comes in Two Sizes
  2. The first difference between Gen 5 and 6 is the available sizes. Gen 6 comes in two sizes; 44mm and 42mm unlike Gen 5 that’s only available in 44mm size.

    Fossil Gen 6 (44mm) Available colors

    The 44mm is compatible with 22mm straps while the 42mm is compatible with 18mm straps. All Models have cases made of stainless steel with straps available in different materials like leather, silicone, and stainless steel. Both watches are also rated 3ATM which means that these watches are waterproof up to 30 meters and can be worn to the shower or for other shallow-water activities.

  3. Performance – Snapdragon 4100+ Powers Gen 6
  4. The main difference between Gen 5 and 6 is the new chip that powers the device. Snapdragon had released the 4100+ chip last year, a 12nm chip that succeeds the 28nm snapdragon 3100 chip. Fossil claims a 30% boost in performance which is a welcome development from the Gen 5 that has kept its own and perhaps the most popular Wear OS smartwatch.

  5. Fossil Gen 6 Features Spo2 Sensor
  6. Another difference between Gen 5 and 6 is that the new watch now features an Spo2 sensor that enables blood oxygen monitoring. This will allow you to see how well your blood utilizes oxygen. Blood oxygen monitoring is becoming a regular feature on many smartwatches and even smart bands. Beyond this, both Gen 5 and 6 will track your daily activities like your steps, calories, heart rate, and sleep. Each of these two also has an altimeter that enables floor counting as well as an inbuilt GPS for outdoor activity tracking.

  7. Fossil Gen 6 Has a Longer Battery Life
  8. With a 30% boost in performance and the presence of a QCC1110 co-processor that takes care of always-on display mode and other little tasks, the Gen 6 will have a slightly longer battery life than Gen 5. Although, both are rated 24hrs+ of battery life. There are battery saver modes that can help you get a little longer battery life from any of these two.

  9. Fossil Gen 6 Features Bluetooth v5.0

Another difference between Gen 5 and 6 is the Bluetooth version. The Gen 6 comes with Bluetooth v5.0 which will enable faster transfer and connectivity.

Fossil Gen 6 (44mm) Features

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