Smartwatches come in different shapes and sizes and with support for a varying set of features. Some manufacturers opt for more capable platforms with a lot of functionality and power-hungry displays and chipsets. Others deliver products for users who don’t need all the utility of a wrist computer and just want notifications, fitness tracking and alarm functionality.
The latest entry in this product category is the Fossil Hybrid HR and it aims to successfully bridge the gap between sleek design and functionality.
The Hybrid HR offers the traditional wristwatch look with a rather compact 42mm casing and analog dials but also adds an always-on e-ink display in the middle. The display provides notifications, alerts, heart rate and activity tracking data which you can interact with using the three buttons on the right-hand side. You can also control music playback and personalize the displayed complications.
The e-ink display allows for an advertised two-week battery life on a single charge. The Hybrid HR features a stainless steel build and comes with leather, silicone and stainless steel straps. It's waterproof up to 3ATM and compatible with any Android 5.0 and iOS 9.0 and up device via Bluetooth 4.2.
The Fossil Hybrid HR starts at $195 and is up for grabs on fossil’s US website. The smartwatch is also expected to arrive in more regions soon, with India scheduled for November 18.
Are you sure about e-ink? I haven't found an explicit note on the Fossil. Website about E-ink in this model. E-ink is a special case of electronic paper – a product line by E Ink Corporation. As far as I know, they tend to have very poor refresh rate...
With solar charging on the chapter ring, high-grade lume material on the hands and markers, and 100 ATM water resistance and it'd be perfect!