If youâ€™re in the market for a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, a new option is right around the corner. Fossil Group has just announced the latest Diesel smartwatch, the Diesel Griffed Gen 6, which launches soon for $350.
The Diesel Griffed Gen 6 is the first â€œflagshipâ€ Diesel smartwatch released since 2019â€™s Diesel Axial. Since then, the brand has released the Diesel Fadelite, a uniquely designed smartwatch that shipped with a transparent band, but rough specifications even for Wear OS at the time. There was supposed to be a Diesel smartwatch earlier this year per the brandâ€™s usual schedule, but it appeared to be canceled or at least heavily delayed.
In any case, the Diesel Griffed Gen 6 is certainly quite the upgrade over the Axial it technically replaces.
The Griffed is based on Fossilâ€™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 that smartwatches from Mobvoi and other brands still utilize. Fossil first launched its Wear OS 3 update last month alongside the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition smartwatch. Amazon Alexa is available on the watch, but Google Assistant currently isnâ€™t available. The watch of course supports third-party watch faces alongside its own customizable designs and the ability to make and take phone calls.
On the hardware side, Diesel hasnâ€™t been particularly specific ahead of launch, but the watch certainly appears to be on the larger side. It also supports Bluetooth 5 LE, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC for Google Wallet. The sensors can be used for tracking workouts, heart rate zones, and SpO2 levels.
The Diesel Griffed will be available on December 1 for $350 in silver/black and gunmetal/black variants with metal, leather, and Diesel-branded nylon/silicone band options. However, Amazon has launched the product early, with orders open now.
More on Wear OS:
- Google Pixel Watch adds support for Fitbitâ€™s Sleep Profile feature
- Peloton app is now available on Wear OS
- Fossil is finally releasing Wear OS 3 update; new â€˜Wellnessâ€™ smartwatch still on Snapdragon 4100+
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