In September, Qualcomm (the makers of the Snapdragon processor) released their next-generation wearables chipset. The Snapdragon 3100 Wear CPU is built for Wear OS smartwatches, boasting better battery life than the older 2100 CPU. Since its announcement, we’ve seen the launch of the superb Montblanc Summit 2 and now Fossil’s getting in on the 3100 with the Fossil Sport.
The Fossil Sport is a sports casual smartwatch with Wear OS, so it’s just at home sweating it up on a run outdoors as it is on your wrist at dinner.
Powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 CPU, it boasts slick performance and a full day’s battery life with normal use. In battery saver mode you’ll get 2-3 days from it. Feature-wise you’re looking at standalone GPS, an optical heart-rate sensor and NFC for Google Pay - everything you need on your wrist, really.
Like most Wear OS devices, the Fossil Sport has mechanical buttons in the right-hand side of the case. These can be programmed to activate different features or apps. Most people set them to play music and control the camera app on their phone. You navigate apps and the OS using the touchscreen. Fossil hasn’t released specifications for the screen so we’re not sure if it’s AMOLED or OLED yet.
The Fossil Sport is available in 41mm and 43mm sizes and in a range of colours, which change both the case and strap colour. These include a gunmetal grey and rose gold case, and the straps appear to have normal lugs so you’ll be able to personalise yours with an off-the-shelf strap with the same lug width.
Compatibility wise, it’s standard Wear OS affair so Android 4.4 and above and iOS 9.3 are supported. However, Wear OS doesn’t play nice with iMessage so if you want our advice, it’s better suited to those with an Android phone.
Price and availability
The Fossil Sport is available for pre-order from Fossil now from $255.00. The page you want is this one.