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Wear OS-powered Skagen Falster 2 retains minimalist design, picks up a bunch of new features

Wear OS-powered Skagen Falster 2 retains minimalist design, picks up a bunch of new features
The US-based Fossil Group is by far Google’s most committed Wear OS partner, releasing dozens of Android and iOS-compatible smartwatches under many different brands over the past couple of years or so.

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.

Inspired by the “Danish way of life”, the Falster 2 also features a fully swimproof case, making the Wear OS timepiece perfect for health nuts in addition to fashionistas that are likely to instantly fall in love with a distinctive magnetic steel-mesh strap (available in a number of colors matching the snazzy hues of the 40mm wearable body).

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.

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