Fossil has good news and bad news at IFA 2017 this year. First, the bad — the Misfit Vapor smartwatch has been delayed yet again, now to October. The good news? It’s going to be joined by a handful of other new smartwatches, followed by even more in 2018.
It’s been a rough road for the Misfit Vapor. Announced earlier this year at CES, we at first thought that Misfit and Fossil might have been working on their own OS for the watch. The Vapor later turned out to be an Android Wear smartwatch after all, but had its release date pushed back to later in the year. It’s now been pushed back two more months to October, although fortunately, it’s retained the still somewhat reasonable price tag of $200.
The Misfit Vapor is now slated to be released alongside smartwatches designed by Diesel, Emporio Armani, and Michael Kors, plus Fossil’s own Q Venture and Q Explorist. Those will all hit the market sometime between September and October, alongside hybrid smartwatches (the kind we prefer) from all of their other partner designers, including Armani Exchange, Chaps, Emporio Armani, Diesel, DKNY, Fossil, kate spade new york, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, MICHELE, Misfit, Relic, Skagen, and Tory Burch. All that will combine to form Fossil’s holiday lineup of wearables.
It’s no wonder the list is so long — earlier in the year, Fossil said they would release over 300 smartwatches and hybrid watches in 2017 alone. It’s not been a total success. No one making Android Wear smartwatches has seen much success, with most of the spoils of the wearable market going to Apple, Garmin, and Fitbit. Despite the struggles, Fossil is charging ahead — at IFA this week, they’re saying you can expect more of the same next year, with even more designers being brought into the fold. They’re not mentioning names just yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye out heading into next year.
UPDATE 08/30/2017: We’ve confirmed that the Misfit Vapor will no longer have its own GPS chip, and thus will need to be connected to a smartphone to track routes. We’ve been told the move was made for the sake of battery life.
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