Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 5 – What’s the Difference?

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Last Updated on October 16, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Fossil has released the Gen 5E which unfortunately is powered by Snapdragon 3100, the same chip the powers Gen 5 that was released last year despite the availability of a more advanced and faster Snapdragon 4100 chip. The Gen 5E is not a successor to Gen 5, but a low-end version that has lower storage and comes in two sizes just the Gen 4 series. This post compares the features and specs of Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 5 head-to-head to find out the differences.

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 5 Full Specifications Compared

 Fossil Gen 5e (44mm)Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle
fossil gen 5e full specsfossil gen 5 calyle specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFossil Gen 5e (44mm)Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatchClassic/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorFossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 4 Q Explorist
Successor----
Released dateNovember, 2020August, 2019
Ideal forMenMen

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLED (Always-on)AMOLED (Always-on)
Display size1.2 inches1.28 inch
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels416 x 416 pixels
Pixel density328 ppi--
Input typeTouchscreen plus 1 rotating crownTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension44 x 44 x 12 mm44 x 44 x 12 mm
Weight----
Casing materialStainless steelStainless steel
Strap/band materialStainless steel
Leather
Silicone
Stainless steel
Bezel MaterialStainless steelStainless steel
Strap size22mm22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 3ATMYes, 3ATM
Swim-proofYesYes
Color(s)Black steel/silicone
Black steel/black steel
Black steel/brown leather
Black silicone/steel
Dark Brown/black steel
Smoke stainless steel

MEMORY

RAM1GB1GB
Internal storage4GB8GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Bluetooth callingYesYes
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSYesYes

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenNoNo
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNo
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoNo
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon mode____
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNo

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassNoYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse OximeterNoNo
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Other sensors____

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Wear OSWear OS
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 3100Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity __310mAh
Battery lifeStandby: 3 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Standby: 3 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Charging typeInductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingYesYes

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes

MISC

Payment systemGoogle payGoogle pay
Compatibility Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Companion appFossil Q appFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Fossil Gen 5e (44mm)Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle
StrapsStraps
Inductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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The Differences?

The Gen 5E and Gen 5 are basically the same, however, the difference between the two is that the Gen 5 has an altimeter that counts your floors and as well as a higher storage capacity than Gen 5E. As per sizes, Gen 5E comes in two sizes; 42mm and 44mm unlike Gen 5 that is only available in 44mm size.

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 5 Features compared
    Basically, both smartwatches are the same, its the same chip powering the two. Both smartwatches have a durable and sturdy design. Microphone and loudspeaker are present in the two smartwatches, as a result, you can make and receive calls directly from any of these two via Bluetooth calling of a paired phone.

    Both smartwatches are also fitness-oriented and houses standard sensors that enable heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, steps, and more. There’s inbuilt GPS on both smartwatches and these will allow you to track your routes and location without having to carry your phone along. However, Gen 5 has an altimeter that enables it to count your floors which isn’t possible with the Gen 5E.

    These two have about the same battery life that can last just over a day and with the battery saver modes, you can get a couple of days long battery life with the deactivation of some or all smart features depending on the battery saver mode activated.

Which Should You Buy?

The Gen 5 is a better smartwatch, it has higher storage capacity and an altimeter which the Gen 5E lacks. However, the Gen 5E is cheaper and gives you the option of choosing between 44mm and 42mm. I think it’s a really nice bargain.

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