If you’re in the market for a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, there’s a new option just around the corner. Fossil Group just announced its latest diesel smartwatch, the soon-to-launch Diesel Griffed Gen 6, for $350.
The Diesel Griffed Gen 6 is the first “flagship” diesel smartwatch since the 2019 Diesel Axial. Since then, the brand has released the Diesel Fadelite, a uniquely designed smartwatch that ships with a transparent strap, but with specs roughly even for Wear OS in that time. There was supposed to be a Diesel smartwatch earlier this year on the brand’s usual schedule, but it appears to have been canceled or at least severely delayed.
In any case, the Diesel Griffed Gen 6 is definitely an upgrade on the axle that it technically replaces.
The Griffed is based on Fossil’s Gen 6 platform which includes a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It also introduced a revamped faster charging method that Diesel says will charge 80% in just 30 minutes.
One of the most attractive parts of this launch is that this is the latest smartwatch to launch with Wear OS 3 out of the box, as opposed to Wear OS 2 which is still being used by smartwatches from Mobvoi and other brands. Fossil first released the Wear OS 3 update last month alongside the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition smartwatch. Amazon Alexa is available on the watch, but Google Assistant is not currently available. The watch of course supports third party watch faces along with its own customizable designs and the ability to make and receive phone calls.
Hardware-wise, Diesel wasn’t particularly specific prior to launch, but the Watch certainly seems to be on the larger side. It also supports Bluetooth 5 LE, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC for Google Wallet. Sensors can be used to track workouts, heart rate zones, and SpO2 levels.
The Diesel Griffed will be available December 1st at $350 in silver/black and metallic/black with options in metal, leather, and Diesel-branded nylon/silicone strap options.
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