Fossil's new hybrid smartwatches highlight the best elements of digital and analog watches

Shawn Knight

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Developed by Fossil’s 200-person R&D team, the Hybrid HR features an always-on display situated behind mechanical watch hands. The screen displays basic smartwatch information like text messages, caller ID, app alerts, weather updates and more. It’s also fully customizable, allowing wearers to select from a variety of backgrounds, dial elements and button assignments.

Other noteworthy features include general activity tracking (steps, distance, calories burned), heart rate tracking, water resistance, sleep tracking and interchangeable watch straps, just to name a few. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, so long as you’re running Android 5.0 or later or iOS 9.0 or newer.

With all of the digital features activated, Fossil says its Hybrid HR can last more than two weeks on a single charge. And with rapid charging, it’ll only take one hour to achieve an 80 percent recharge.

Fossil’s new hybrid smartwatch starts at $195 and is available to purchase from today in a variety of colors and strap styles.

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Uncle Al

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Now if they will only make a glucose monitoring device that is free of those God awfully expensive ones that are on the market (which automaticly turn off the sensor in 2 weeks despite the fact they are capable of operating accurately for months at a time ...)
 
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