The minimalist Skagen Falster 3 is the latest Wear OS smartwatch from the Danish brand, and we got our hands on it at CES 2020. The Falster 3 hits the same design beats as its predecessor, but this time around, it has the Qualcomm Wear 3100 platform on board, backed by 1GB of RAM for snappy performance.
Other improvements over the Falster 2 include extra storage at 8GB, the addition of a speaker, and some new smart battery modes that enable you to squeeze in a few extra hours between charges. The speaker enables you to talk to Google Assistant, hear notifications and alerts, and take or make calls from your wrist.
The Falster 3 is light and supremely comfortable to wear, particularly the blue silicone mesh strap variant. It sports a 42mm stainless steel case and top ring with a 1.3-inch AMOLED screen that’s sharp and legible at 328 pixels per inch. You can also get the Falster 3 with a brown leather or silver metal mesh band, but most enticing is the special edition black Falster 3 crafted in partnership with the X by Kygo brand.
Founded by the eponymous Norwegian DJ and producer, X by Kygo has also collaborated with Skagen on some wireless earphones and a Wi-Fi smart speaker. The special edition Falster 3 has a distinctive black body and silicone strap; there’s a subtle X design on the strap and a secondary white keeper bearing the X by Kygo logo. You’ll also find an exclusive digital dial.
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Manufactured by the Fossil Group, the internals of the Falster 3 are identical to smartwatches like the Diesel On Axial and Fossil Gen 5, but the external design is distinctive offering wearers a taste of understated Scandinavian style. The special X by Kygo edition is the pick of the bunch, and it’s the kind of watch that will blend in with any outfit and look equally home at the office, at the gym, or out at a restaurant.
The Skagen Falster 3 is swim-proof (up to 30 meters), and support for Google Fit makes it a great wearable to track your exercise. There’s also a heart rate sensor and untethered GPS. Throw in NFC for Google Pay and you have as complete a smartwatch as you could want.
The first three versions of the Skagen Falster 3 are available in select markets now, and it will cost you $295 if you fancy getting your hands on one. The special X by Kygo edition lands in the spring.
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