Fossil unveils stylish new hybrid smartwatches with incredible battery life

New Fossil Hybrid HR brings a heart rate sensor to a classic watch design

Fossil's new Hybrid HR smartwatch brings an always-on display and 2-week battery for $195

Fossil claims that this new smartwatch will offer 2 weeks of battery life.

Fossil says the Hybrid HR should last more than two weeks on a single charge with all features activated, which is far longer than the company's current Wear OS watch can manage. And, as the name suggests, the Hybrid HR adds integrated heart rate monitoring, plus a hybrid display that smartwatch fans can actually appreciate.

Fossil has announced a new addition to its hybrid smartwatch portfolio in the Hybrid HR.

Hybrid smartwatches are for the folks who don't want a full-featured smartwatch, but are viscerally offended by "ugly" fitness bands.

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.

Other features include music controls, a stopwatch and timer, a front light so you can see the face in the dark, and the ability to have it ring your phone. Likewise, Garmin just released its Vivomove Style and Luxe hybrids, which have numerous same features but are significantly more expensive at £300 and £440 respectively.

Interested in Fossil Hybrid HR? Granted, I saw demo versions of the watches but one thing I appreciated was just how much text I could read straight from the wrist. Is the Fossil Hybrid HR for you?

Another interesting tidbit is that the Hybrid HR will run off a proprietary Fossil app.

Speaking of displaying stuff, it's worth highlighting that the screen here is not particularly sharp, colorful, or large, staying however always on to show you the information that matters most alongside mechanical hands taking care of the pivotal feature of any watch.

A tweet appears on the Hybrid HR.

"With Hybrid HR, we continue to broaden Fossil Group's diverse portfolio, offering the most - and most innovative - hybrid and touchscreen smartwatch options of any company in the world", said McKelvey.

If you like the sound of the Fossil Hybrid HR you don't have to wait to get it either, as it's out from today (November 6) from $195 / £189 (around AU$350). I have to say, I'm very excited to review this device. It has an optical heart rate sensor, a 3ATM water resistance rating, and will track your workouts, including steps, distance, calories, active minutes, and sleep metrics.

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