Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 5 – Compare the Differences

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When many of us were expecting a smartwatch from Fossil that is powered by the more advanced Snapdragon 4100, instead the Gen 5E was released. It’s a lower-end version of Gen 5 as it has a smaller 4GB storage, lacks inbuilt GPS, lacks ambient light sensor and altimeter. However, unlike Gen 5 which is only available in one size, Gen 5E comes in two sizes; 44mm and 42mm. This comparison post compares the difference between these two and to help you decide which is the right choice for you.

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 5 – At a Glance

Gen 5E

Gen 5

Display Size

1.28 inches (44mm)
1.2 inches (40mm)

1.28 inches

Dimension

44 x 44 x 12 mm
42 x 42 x 12 mm

44 x 44 x 12 mm

Storage

4GB

8GB

Inubuilt GPS

No (connected GPS)

Yes

Altimeter

No

Yes

Compass

No

Yes

Ambient Light

No

Yes

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 5 Full Specifications Comparison

 
 
Product Info

Fossil Gen 5e Full Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Price $159.00 $199.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fossil Gen 5e (44mm) Fossil Gen 5 Calyle
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Men
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Fossil Gen 4 Explorist
Successor
Models Fossil Gen 5e (44mm) (42mm)
Date released November, 2020 August, 2019
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
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap material Leather, Silicone, Stainless steel Stainless steel
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Color Black, Brown, Gold Black, Brown, Smoke
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 44 x 44 x 12 mm
Weight
Waterproof rating 3ATM 3ATM
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Durability test
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
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 4GB 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 (connected GPS), No Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter No Yes
Barometer No Yes
Compass No Yes
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light No 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 No Yes
Blood oxygen No No
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 3100
CPU 1.2GHz Quad-core 4x ARM Cortex A7
GPU Adreno 304 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 5e, Manual, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps
Price $159.00 $199.00

Fossil Gen 5 is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Gen 5E, it has all the features that give you a better experience, unlike the cheaper Gen 5e that lacks a few features. Starting with the design of both smartwatches, you’ll barely notice any difference except for the number of buttons. While Gen 5 has 2 physical buttons and 1 rotating crown, Gen 5e has only 1 physical button.

Furthermore, Gen 5 has an ambient light sensor that auto regulates the screen brightness depending on the surrounding light intensity. It also has an altimeter that enables it to count floors climbed as well as a compass that allow you to know your orientation – Gen 5E lacks all these features. Moreover, Gen 5E also lacks inbuilt GPS, but can connect to your phone GPS to enable tracking for outdoor actvities. So, if you intend to do more of outdoor activities, then Gen 5e is not a viable option as it requires you to always carry your phone along.

While Gen 5 has an 8GB storage capacity, Gen 5E has only 4GB, so you get to store more of your favorite tracks with the former.

One aspect where Gen 5E has an edge over Gen 5 is that it comes in two sizes; 44mm and 42mm which allows you to choose based on your wrist size. Moreover, Fossil has designed the 42mm size to look feminine while the 44mm looks masculine in appearance.

Which is Better and Which Should You Buy?

In all, Gen 5 is a more complete smartwatch, it gives you full experience especially with inbuilt GPS, larger storage capacity, altimeter, and compass. Meanwhile, Gen 5e is cheaper and could be a decent choice for you if you’re low on budget.

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