The Diesel On Fadelite smartwatch runs Wear OS and has a translucent band

The Diesel On Fadelite smartwatch runs Wear OS and has a translucent band

Update 1 (09/15/2020 @ 06:07 PM ET): After an announcement at CES 2020 back in January, the Diesel On Fadelite smartwatch is getting a proper launch. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on January 6, 2020, is preserved below.

Fossil’s sub-brands have been busy working on new Wear OS watches. Last week, we saw Skagen’s new Falster 3, and now today at CES 2020, Diesel announced the Fadelite. These watches feature stylish bands and vivid color options along with some respectable specifications for Wear OS.

The Fadelite (pronounced fade-lite) comes in one size meant for men and women. There are four color options and they all feature a fading effect: red to black, black to clear, blue to clear, and clear “iridescent.” The clear design is by far the most interesting and something we haven’t seen much with Wear OS watches. The size of the case is 43mm and there is one single “globe” button on the side that acts as a dial.

Diesel has equipped the Fadelite with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, but sadly, the SoC is paired with only 512MB of RAM (according to 9to5Google). The lack of 1GB of RAM isn’t a deal-breaker, but we’ve found that the extra 512MB of RAM really helps improve the day-to-day performance of most Wear OS smartwatches.

The watch is also “swim-proof” and has NFC support, GPS positioning, heart-rate tracking, and all the Google Assistant features you’d expect. Besides the fading colors, there’s not a lot that wows us about the Fadelite. It seems like your typical Wear OS device with a little extra pizazz. If that’s just what you’re looking for in a smartwatch, though, then you should know that the Fadelite will be available with its four flashy colors this March for $275.

Update: Finally Available

Back in January, Diesel announced its new “Diesel On Fadelite” series of Wear OS smartwatches. This week, you can finally buy them for $275 in the U.S. from Diesel’s online store. The smartwatch (model name DT2021) comes in a Clear, Red, Blue, or Black Transparent version, but there’s also a special “On x MDJ” limited-edition smartwatch (model name DT2023) and strap set available in the UK for £279.

As a recap, this smartwatch features a 1.19″ circular display with a 390×390 resolution panel. The chipset inside is Qualcomm’s last generation Snapdragon 3100, paired with only 512MB of RAM. The watch runs Google’s Wear OS and features sensors for GNSS, NFC, heart rate tracking, and more. At the price you’ll be paying, the Diesel On Fadelite doesn’t offer the best hardware out there, but few smartwatches truly stand out as much as this does in terms of the design.

    Diesel On Fadelite Smartwatch
    At $275, the Diesel On Fadelite Smartwatch isn't the cheapest option out there, but if you're looking for a stylish Wear OS smartwatch, this is a good option.

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Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.