Hands on with the Skagen Falster 2: built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, and NFC

  • Skagen has introduced a brand new Falster smartwatch at IFA 2018.
  • The Falster 2 comes with a heart rate sensor, built-in GPS, and NFC for bills.
  • Basically, it fixes all our proceedings with the authentic Skagen Falster.

When Skagen introduced the authentic Falster smartwatch at CES previous this yr, I used to be enamored, then torn. It used to be, in my view, the prettiest Wear OS watch on the marketplace, but it surely got here with some massive caveats: no NFC for on-the-go bills, no built-in GPS, and no heart rate sensor. To make up for the ones omissions, Skagen introduced the Falster 2 at IFA 2018, and it just about fixes the whole lot we disliked about the authentic watch. 

That’s proper — the Falster 2 comes with all the issues discussed above: an NFC chip to be used with Google Pay, built-in GPS, and a heart rate sensor. It’s swim-proof, too, so you’ll soar in the pool or take a bath with out ruining it. It’s a a lot more tough watch than the authentic, and it’s in spite of everything up there with maximum different Wear OS watches on the marketplace.

Just as it has a heart rate sensor and GPS, that doesn’t essentially imply you’ll need to use this as your primary health monitoring tool. It’s a stylish smartwatch, and no longer one that I’d in my opinion need to put on to the health club. Plus, it’s powered by means of the soon-to-be-shunned Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, which isn’t precisely identified for its battery-saving options.

The design is similar to the authentic Falster, with the exception of now the watch has extra buttons on the aspect. Not most effective does it have a rotating dial to navigate round the new Wear OS interface, it has two programmable buttons to quick-launch your maximum used purposes.

The Skagen Falster 2 launches on September 12 for $275/269 kilos. It’ll be to be had in a couple of colour combos (maximum of that are proven above), with leather-based and magnetic metal mesh strap choices.

We’ll have extra main points for you later on in September after we get one in for evaluate.