Skagen has just announced the newest addition to its smartwatch line, Falster 3. This new version boasts multiple new features that improve functionality and performance while staying stylish. In addition to new technology, Skagen has also partnered with Norwegian DJ Kygo and his lifestyle brand X by KYGO to offer a limited-edition design for the Falster 3.
The Falster 3 is a 42 mm smartwatch that uses physical dials in addition to a touchscreen. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 and runs the latest version of Wear OS by Google. The storage is double its predecessor at 8 GB and includes 1GB of RAM.
One of the new features it offers is the addition of a swim-proof speaker, for all those actual watch conversations you need to have. Taking calls was previously exclusive to Android users, but now Fossil has an app that will allow iOS users to answer tethered calls as well. This makes the Falster 3 one of the first Wear OS devices to offer such a capability.
Skagen also provides a new health companion app, Cardiogram, that is auto-installed in the Falster 3. The app is able to analyze and interpret your heart rate data. It can provide the user with interactive charts that can be tagged with activities to help recognize points of stress or relaxation. Users can also compare their own charts to other Cardiogram users. Cardiogram Premium is a paid upgrade that allows users to share their data with doctors and family members and continuous monitoring of undiagnosed illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension. Should Cardiogram think you’re at risk, it will offer an FDA-cleared test for confirmation. Unfortunately, monitoring and tests are only available to users in the United States
There are four battery modes built into the Falster 3. Extended Battery Mode allows users to extend the watch’s usage by a couple of days while still using essential features such as heart rate and notifications. Daily Mode allows for the use of most features including an always-on screen, Time Only Mode can be used to preserve battery when it’s running low or if only the time functionality is needed. Custom Mode also exists for users to personally manage battery optimization.
The Falster 3 also uses Tiles to help with navigation. By swiping left on the screen, users can access information at a glance, like weather and current heart rate, as well as perform quick actions such as setting a timer or starting a workout.
Other features of the Falster 3 include sound alerts and notifications, Google Translate speak out translation, music playback on certain apps, heart rate tracking, untethered GPS, NFC for Google Pay, and Rapid Charging.
The Falster 3 is expected to arrive in select markets starting January 7, 2020, and will be priced at $295. The limited-edition X by KYGO model will be available early spring of 2020.