Wear OS-powered Skagen Falster 2 retains minimalist design, picks up a bunch of new features
Just a few weeks after the introduction of the Fossil Q Gen 4 family, Skagen’s “next generation of touchscreen smartwatch” is making its formal debut in Berlin, Germany ahead of the official start of the 2018 IFA trade show.
Aesthetically similar to its minimalist CES 2018-unveiled predecessor, the Skagen Falster 2 adds a number of advanced tech features in the mix by popular demand. Basically, this stylish, normal-looking watch can do everything its bulky, futuristic rivals are capable of, including monitoring a wearer’s heart rate, tracking its location with built-in GPS, and supporting wrist payments with integrated NFC functionality.
Obviously, all the typical Wear OS functions and capabilities are present as well, from Google Assistant voice commands to an untethered Play Store, Google Fit wellness tracking, and smartphone notifications.
Compared to its more rudimentary forerunner, the Skagen Falster 2 comes with “battery-saving” watch dials and two programmable side buttons for an extra touch of customization and quick access to your favorite apps.
All in all, you get quite a lot of smarts and a classic, unique style at a reasonable starting price of $275. Too bad the soon-to-be-replaced Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor is found under that elegant hood.