The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which usually takes places in Las Vegas, is a place that many tech companies showcase their upcoming consumer electronics technologies. Tech breakthroughs have been experienced there since June 1967 (wow). This year at CES 2018, Skagen announced their first smartwatch – called the Falster. It was an admirable watch but did have some drawbacks, such as the poor battery life and some missing features. Now, several months later, the company is in the process of already releasing the Falster 2 and it starts shipping on September 12th. You can expect it soon.
From the first impressions of the Falster 2, you can tell it’s very similar to its forebearer. It still has the metal case with the same circular screen, but now there are two physical buttons on the side of the smartwatch that can be assigned to open any app of your choice. The metal case is said to be “swim-proof”. You can swim up to 33 ft without the watch being affected. You’ll also find that there is a heart-rate sensor on the bottom that coordinates with Google Fit. The Falster 2 comes with NFC (Near-field communication) that supports Google Pay, a built-in GPS, so you can track your whereabouts and voice commands via Google Assistant. Yes, this is powered by Wear OS. The smartwatch can track activity, calories burned, sleep activity and steps taken like many others in the market.
Although this all may sound great, the Falster 2 is still powered by the quite old Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip and will become outdated pretty soon. If you’re still interested in buying the watch regardless, you can buy it at Skagen’s very own site. The silicone and leather band types cost $275 while the steel-mesh ones cost that little more at $295.