It is pretty much definitely no coincidence that Misfit’s new smartwatch bears a lot more than a passing resemblance to the Fossil devices announced a week or two back. The a single-time modular fitness startup has been aspect of the Fossil loved ones considering that 2015, introducing its 1st complete-on smartwatch two years later.
The lines have continued to blur among the brands, and the new Vapor X shares a quantity of superficial and internal qualities with the new 8th gen Fossil devices. That is not undesirable from a solution standpoint — like the Fossil branded solution, the X brings each the new Snapdragon 3100 chip and the most current version of Put on OS.
Google’s stagnant wearables supplying could lastly be choosing up some steam on the back of its close function (and IP acquiring) partnership with Fossil. Even though Apple was off generating its personal smartwatch and OS and Samsung was primarily forking Tizen for its personal wants, Google had largely been relying on third parties for hardware.
The 3 button style also reflect Fossil’s efforts, although Misfit’s device is getting positioned as the company’s “lightest and most comfortable.” Each are things that are sadly generally overlooked in wearable style. The 42mm case, meanwhile, is smaller and probably a lot more accessible for a lot more wrists.
It appears Fossil is making use of the Misfit line to go following the audience Fitbit has had current achievement with through its Versa devices. And certainly, the Misfit brand has traditionally had some achievement taking on a lot more casual customers seeking for anything somewhat uncomplicated but nevertheless trendy.
The Vapor does fall quick on pricing. The “limited time introductory price” of $200 sounds excellent, but following that, the MSRP bumps back up to $279. That is $20 much less than the Fossil, and $79 a lot more than the Versa. The sub-$200 cost point definitely feels like the sweet spot for these devices.
The Vapor X is out there by means of Misfit’s web page beginning nowadays.