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Fossil Gen 7: Everything we know (Updated: January 27)
Update, January 27, 2023 (4:30 AM ET): We’ve updated our Fossil Gen 7 rumor hub with the latest details surrounding the Gen 6 Wellness Edition launch, the Gen 6’s Wear OS 3 upgrade, and more.
Original article: Fossil’s core smartwatch series hasn’t changed much over the years. The Fossil Gen 6 launched with the traditional rounded face and large pushers. Still, considerable advancements were made beneath the skin over the Gen 5 with the addition of a blood oxygen sensor and new Snapdragon silicon. While these improvements were welcome, the Gen 6 ultimately fell short of its contemporaries in several arenas. But will the Fossil Gen 7 put up more of a fight? Here’s everything we know about Fossil’s seventh-generation smartwatch and a list of improvements we’d like to see.
Will there be a Fossil Gen 7?
We’d be surprised if Fossil shuts up its smartwatch shop, especially since it’s actively invested in the Wear OS 3 drive. Thanks to its sequential generation-based system, Fossil’s smartwatch naming scheme hasn’t sprung a major surprise in ages. Considering the Fossil Gen 6 was the last launch, we can safely assume the next iteration will bear the Gen 7 label.
See also: The best Fossil smartwatches you can buy
When will the Fossil Gen 7 release date be?
- Fossil Gen 4 launch: August 2018
- Gen 5 launch: August 2019
- Gen 6 launch: September 2021
As for the release date, The Fossil Gen 5 models debuted in August 2019, about a year after the Gen 4 lineup. The Gen 6 made its debut in September 2021. But as we head into 2023, there’s still no sign of the product or hint of an announcement from Fossil itself.
However, Fossil still seems committed to its current smartwatch lineup. It finally pushed the long-awaited Wear OS 3 update to its Gen 6 platform in October 2022, and subsequently launched the new Gen 6 Wellness Edition soon after. Considering this focus, we don’t expect to see the Gen 7 launch soon.
What features will the Fossil Gen 7 have?
Fossil Group relies solely on circular bodies for its smartwatch lineup, so don’t expect this to change for the Gen 7. Evidence of this surfaced thanks to FCC listings of models DW14 and DW15, spotted by Gadgets & Wearables in April 2022. The e-label details suggest that both models may use round displays once again. Surprising? Not really.
As a counterpoint, 9to5Google dug a little deeper and spotted Bluetooth listings of the new models in June 2022. These new details suggested that the models in question may not be Gen 7 devices after all, but new hybrid watches running low-power chips with no Wear OS in sight. Based on the external images showcased on the listing and details in the user guide, we know these two watches are part of the Gen 6 Hybrid line.
Realistically, we don’t think there’ll be a revolutionary design change. The past few release cycles have demonstrated that companies are intent on refining existing products, and smartwatches are no exception.
We know little about the Fossil Gen 7’s internals at this point, but we’d be surprised if Fossil doesn’t opt for a Snapdragon W5 series chipset. Currently, the Oppo Watch 3 runs on Qualcomm’s latest wearable chip with rumors of Mobvoi joining the fray soon. A generational jump has recently included a new chipset for Fossil, so the omens are good.
A chipset bump should also bring thriftier battery demands, especially while using GNSS. We expect other Gen 6 features to return, including the SpO2 sensor, a built-in speaker, a heart rate sensor, and NFC for mobile payments support.
There’s practically no chance we’ll see Fossil employ anything other than Wear OS on the Gen 7. Although the Gen 6’s upgrade to Wear OS 3 brought several issues — most notably the lack of Google Assistant support — we expect these to be fixed in time for the new watch’s debut.
What will the Fossil Gen 7 price be?
Let’s talk price. It’s still early days in the Fossil Gen 7 leak cycle, but we have a vague idea of where Fossil Group may position its new flagship watch. The Gen 5 and Gen 6 launched at $295 and $299, respectively. Provided Fossil Group doesn’t load the Gen 7 with pricier tech, we expect a similar price around the $300 mark to be the benchmark. This price should make it an attractive alternative to Galaxy Watch 5 doubters or Google Pixel Watch skeptics.
Fossil Gen 7: What we want to see
A clear software update roadmap
It might seem obvious that the Fossil Gen 7 will launch with Wear OS 3, but Fossil’s lengthy update rollout made us a little skittish. We understand that Google requires Wear OS 3 users to roll out new companion apps for their devices. Now that the Fossil app is available, we should hope for more rapid OS updates when they’re available. However, we would like Fossil to issue a software update commitment — like Samsung did with the Galaxy Watch 4 — when it launches the Gen 7.
Better battery life
While the Fossil Gen 6 did see a charging speed upgrade over the Gen 5, it also packed a slightly smaller battery. This is the wrong way to go, even with the more efficient chipset in use. During our review, the Fossil Gen 6 lasted for a full 24 hours with conservative usage, and when employing the GPS, that number plummets. Either way, that’s not nearly enough compared to devices from Garmin and Fitbit, or longer-living Wear OS alternatives like the Galaxy Watch 5. With the Fossil Gen 7, we’d like to see Fossil Group focus on the device’s battery life, matching its well-known battery-saving modes with capable hardware.
More accurate sleep tracking
Plenty of smartwatches track sleep and do it well, but the Fossil Gen 6 is not one of them. In our review, Eric Zeman found that the watch frequently glossed over light sleep and moments of restlessness — two phases that are just as important in understanding sleep quality as deep sleep and REM. Sleep is an important aspect when gauging day-to-day health, so having reliable data to make an informed decision is vital. We understand that the Fossil Gen 7 probably won’t be a fitness-first smartwatch, but there’s no excuse for getting the basics wrong.
See also: The best sleep trackers available
A larger display
We’ve no real problem with the Fossil Gen 6’s display. However, we’d like to see some advancements in this area. The Fossil Gen 6 uses the Gen 5’s 1.28-inch screen with a few minor upgrades. It’s a fine display, but larger options wouldn’t go amiss. Screen upgrades to match the chipset bump would make the Gen 7 line an attractive smart alternative to the Samsung Galaxy series.
Upgraded water resistance
For general use, 3 ATM water resistance is just fine. If you’re a swimmer or snorkeled you might not feel comfortable with the Gen 6’s shallow rating. We’d like to see the Gen 7 upgraded to 5 ATM spec, in line with its contemporaries, much cheaper watches, and other devices in the Fossil Group stable. It’s not a major issue, but again, if other watches in the same price range pack a better rating, why settle for the Fossil?
Which upgrade would you like to see most on the Fossil Gen 7?
That’s everything we want to see on the Fossil Gen 7. Which features do you desire most? Be sure to vote in our poll above.