Fossil quietly unveils Gen 6 Venture Edition smartwatch with unique band

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Fossil has quietly launched a limited edition of its Fossil Gen 6 GPS smartwatch called the Venture Edition. Unlike the Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid with toned down features, the Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition offers a full smartwatch experience, identical to its vanilla counterpart released a year ago.

TL; DR

  • Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition quietly unveiled.
  • Gen 6 Venture Edition comes with a unique strap and dial.
  • The Gen 6 Venture edition is priced at $299.

What’s new with the Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition smartwatch

Users expecting additional features from this model might be out of luck. The Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition features the same internal hardware, 3ATM water resistance rating, and health/fitness monitoring features such as continuous heart rate tracking as the regular Fossil Gen 6 .

New to the Venture edition is an unpolished stainless steel case with textured edges along with a unique interchangeable recycled leather and nylon strap. An exclusive watch face was also introduced with this limited edition model. This shows details of the hike’s distance and elevation as well as compass status in addition to basic health or fitness metrics.

Fossil says they’re offering up to two months of Pro+ maps and features with every Gen 6 Venture edition purchase. Additionally, MyRadar and WaterMinder apps come preloaded on this smartwatch that runs on Google Wear OS.

In terms of specs, the Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The 1.28-inch AMOLED display with 416 x 416 resolution supports always-on. There’s also a microphone and speaker that enable Alexa voice control and phone notifications respectively.

Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition Price and Availability

The Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition is priced at $299 for an unspecified limited quantity in the US and other regions. It is compatible with any 22mm watch strap. It’s worth considering that it costs $50 more than the Gen 6 hybrid, but you do get a touchscreen, GPS and NFC connectivity. The only notable advantage of the hybrid variant over the Gen 6 is longer battery life.

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