Wearables of CES 2022: new smartwatches from Fossil, Razer and Garmin

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The majority of CES 2022 has been held in person this year, but we still saw a whole host of great hardware unveiled. In this article, we are going to round up the best devices in the wearables category.

You have more options than ever when it comes to choosing the best smartwatch for your wrist, and these new models for 2022 give some serious competition to current devices – both in terms of cutting-edge smartwatches and hybrid watches. More maintain a classic watch look.

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These wearables also point to the future of this device category, with watches, trackers and even smart rings getting smarter all the time, and more and more on-board sensors to monitor your vital data. feature.

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1. Garmin Venu 2 Plus

Garmin has carved a huge niche for itself in the smartwatch market, and that space is about to get bigger with the arrival of the Garmin Venu 2 Plus – the follow-up to the existing Garmin Venu 2, which has already impressed us.

The big difference between the current and new models is the voice controls: You’ll be able to use your phone’s digital assistant (Siri, Google Assistant or Bixby) and take calls from your wrist, so this updated smartwatch will let you keep your hands on your pocket or phone. Smartphone in the bag for a long time. Other than that, it’s very similar to the Venu 2 we’ve already seen, with 24/7 heart rate tracking, on-board GPS, SpO2 measurement, all-day stress tracking, sleep monitoring, and women’s health tools.

You can pick it up directly from Garmin for $449.99 / £399 (we’re still waiting for an official price in Australia). It’s a bit high compared to the Venu 2, but for what you get in this wearable’s package, you may consider it worth the investment. Your color combination options are black and slate, cream-gold and ivory, or powder gray and silver.

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2. Razer X Fossil Gen 6

When it comes to Wear OS smartwatches, Fossil is one of the best in the business — and the flagship Fossil Gen 6 timepiece now has a new version, courtesy of Razer. You might struggle to get your hands on it, however, as only 1,337 units are going to be produced in total.

The Razer X Fossil Gen 6 is one of the first smartwatches we’ve seen powered by the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus platform – we also know that’s going to be true with software running the latest Wear OS 3. In addition to the usual health and fitness tracking, it also has watch faces supporting Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting system.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to get it, you’ll be able to get the Razer X Fossil Gen 6 around your wrist for $329 / £329 (about AU$450). Strap options are black or bright green, and you can sign up now on the Razer website to be notified when this limited-edition smartwatch goes on sale.

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3. Garmin Vivomove Sport

The Vivomove Sport is a hybrid watch, perfect for those who like their watches in a traditional analog look but don’t mind a dash of smarts on top. In other words, it looks like a normal clock, but it’s still counting your steps, your calories burned, and your other important stats in the background.

You can view these stats via a hidden digital display that slides alongside the analog hands when needed, and there’s an option to show phone notifications on the watch face as well. Garmin says battery life is up to five days, and one of the advantages of not having a fully digital display is more time between battery charges.

This isn’t the first hybrid watch Garmin has released, of course – the Vivomove Sport is actually very similar to the Garmin Vivomove 3, though it’s a bit cheaper: you can pick up the new Sport model from Garmin for $179.99 / £159 / AU Huh. $279, and it’s available now in Cool Mint, Black, or Cocoa.

Skagen Falster Gen 6

We’ve been impressed by the Skagen brand of smartwatches previously released by Fossil, and the Skagen Falster Gen 6 is very similar to the Razer x Fossil Gen 6 we mentioned above – it has the same Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus processor, And when the time comes, the same Wear OS 3 software update will be available.

The differences are mainly aesthetic – you can see that the Skagen Falster Gen 6 has a more classic smartwatch look – and is available in a total of six different models, with different case colors and cover strap types (stainless steel). of mesh and brown leather straps are two of the options in the range).

As you might expect, there are plenty of health and fitness tracking features here, and the sensors extend to the Blood Oxygen (SP02) sensor on the back. In terms of pricing, you can pick up the Skagen Falster Gen 6 for $295 / £279 (which is around AU$410).

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5. Movano Smart Ring

Smart rings are notoriously difficult to fix, but new startup Movano doesn’t disappoint: It’s bringing a new smart ring later this year. We’re not sure how much it will cost, but the company has said it’s aiming for a price point under $299 (about £230 / AU$420).

The Ring has an impressive list of capabilities, including sleep monitoring, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiration level, temperature, blood oxygen readings, step count, and calories burned — and the company is promising that the device will get more More facilities will be available. along with time.

Those features, pending regulatory approval, would include monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure, something the smart ring hasn’t managed to achieve until now. The Movano device can only hit the sweet spot in terms of price and features.

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