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Skagen's new hybrid smartwatch has an e-ink display and connected GPS
- Skagen is launching a hybrid smartwatch with an e-ink display, just like the original Fossil Hybrid HR.
- The Skagen watch comes in two sizes, five colorways, and has connected GPS.
- The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR goes on sale this month for $195.
Update: May 7, 2021: Want to know more about Skagen’s new hybrid smartwatch? Check out our full Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review for all the details.
Original article: January 11, 2021:If you were interested in Fossil’s Hybrid HR smartwatch but somehow didn’t find a style to suit your needs, the company has you covered. Fossil Group is bringing its e-ink hybrid smartwatch tech to the Skagen brand with the new Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR.
Like the Fossil Hybrid HR, Skagen’s new hybrid watch features a power-friendly e-ink display as well as physical watch hands to keep the classic look. The e-ink display can be customized with different widgets, such as the date, daily activity, heart rate, and more. Where the Fossil Hybrid HR had room for four widgets on the screen, it looks like the familiar “Skagen Denmark” logo takes up space on the right, potentially only allowing for three widgets. We’ll need to see if this is the case when we get one in for review.
The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR comes in two sizes — 42mm and 38mm — so those with smaller wrists won’t be stuck with a watch that’s too big. The smaller watch case shouldn’t have a negative effect on battery life, either; Skagen claims the Jorn Hybrid HR can last over two weeks on a single charge. It also supports fast charging, where 50 minutes on the charger will get you to 80%.
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There are a fair amount of activity tracking features onboard. The Jorn Hybrid HR will track your steps, caloric burn, sleep, all-day heart rate, and distance via connected GPS. It also supports automatic workout detection.
Basic smartwatch features are also supported. The Jorn Hybrid HR can relay smartphone notifications and control your phone’s music. It has standard smartwatch apps like an alarm, timer, stopwatch, and weather app, too. I’m hoping device navigation is improved with this new model. Navigating around the Fossil Hybrid HR’s interface was cumbersome compared to other smartwatch platforms.
The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR goes on sale Tuesday, January 26 for $195 in five styles/colorways. It’ll be available through Skagen.com, Amazon, and Macy’s. Interested? Check it out at the link below, and stay tuned to Android Authority for even more CES 2021 announcements this week.