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TicWatch Pro 3 revealed as first Wear OS device with Qualcomm's new chip

Qualcomm revealed two new wearable chipsets back in June, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+. The new chips are a significant upgrade over Qualcomm's previous designs, with up to 85% faster performance and improved battery optimization, but there hasn't been a Wear OS smartwatch yet that utilizes the newer chipsets. That's finally changing, as Mobvoi has announced the first Wear OS watch with the Wear 4100.

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Diesel's new smartwatch is either garishly ugly or strikingly beautiful

Wear OS has fallen by the wayside in recent years, but the updates coming with Android 11 offer some encouragement. Diesel has been experimenting with translucent designs for a while now, and the company's newest release takes it to the next level. The DT2023 is a limited-edition version of the Fadelite DT2021 watch. It's a collaboration between Diesel and digital artist Mad Dog Jones — and I don't know if I love it or hate it.

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Fitbit Sense's most interesting feature finally gets an ETA

Fitbit makes some of the most useful fitness-focused wearables these days. The company unveiled its new Sense smartwatch last month with the world's first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor for detecting stress levels, and compatibility with a new ECG app that could even help users avoid strokes by alerting them to irregular heart rhythms. At least, it would, but at the time Fitbit was still waiting on FDA approval for that functionality. Now we're finally getting some more details about the app, including where and when it will be available.

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Redmi's new Smart Band is super cheap and charges without a cable

Xiaomi’s Mi Band series is a globally recognized brand of eminently affordable fitness trackers, and the recent Band 5 sure lives up to that rep. Its sub-brand Redmi also runs a parallel fitness product line, more common in Asian markets. The company announced its super-cheap Redmi Smart Band packed with a ton of features back in April, and now it's making its way to India at a similar bargain price.

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Fitbit makes it easier to track blood oxygen with new SpO2-monitoring watch face

With the advent of the fitness-focused wearable, everyone suddenly became a lot more conscious of their health. Fitbit introduced blood oxygen saturation monitoring for many of its existing smartwatches earlier this year, and now the company is giving customers a new watch face to easily check SpO2 levels at a glance.

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Withings ScanWatch now available in Europe after receiving CE clearance

ScanWatch is the latest in a range of hybrid smartwatches from French health and fitness company Withings. First announced at CES back in January, ScanWatch is finally going on sale after some pandemic-induced delays. It's now received the CE marking in Europe that clinically validates the detection of atrial fibrillation (Afib) and overnight breathing disturbances. FDA approval and a US launch are expected later this year.

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Leaked specs reveal Huawei Watch GT2 Pro will support Qi wireless charging

Smartwatches have come a long way in the past few years. Apple makes some of the best hardware on the market, and companies like Fossil and Mobvoi are keeping Wear OS alive until wearables with Qualcomm's new chipset are released. Huawei unveiled the GT2 watch last year and followed that up with the fitness-focused GT2e. Now it's preparing to launch a Pro version, as leaked photos and a spec sheet give us our first preview of the upcoming Huawei Watch GT2 Pro.

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Should you buy a Wear OS watch or a Galaxy Watch?

These days, there are two primary options for Android-compatible smartwatches. You can use a watch powered by Google's own Wear OS software, or pick up a Galaxy Watch from Samsung. Both platforms get most of the basics right, but depending on which features you care about the most, one might be better than the other for you.

In this guide, we'll go over the key differences between both platforms, so you can make an informed smartwatch purchase.

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Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 or the Fossil Gen 5?

Samsung's new smartwatch on the block is the Galaxy Watch3, featuring the company's latest hardware and software packed into a traditional-looking watch. However, at a starting price of $400 (with configurations that make it almost $500), it's not an impulse purchase. There's also the competition to consider, namely the Fossil Gen 5.

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TicWatch Pro 3 with Snapdragon Wear 4100 leaks on Amazon, could be released October 1

Qualcomm revealed its new Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ chipsets back in June, promising improved battery life and more features for Wear OS. The company said that Mobvoi would be the first to produce a Wear OS smartwatch using the new SoC, and now the upcoming model has made an appearance on Amazon UK.

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