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Puma releases its first Snapdragon powered smartwatch for athletes

Puma releases its first Snapdragon powered smartwatch for athletes: Teaming up with the Fossil Group, Puma has entered the smartwatch market with a device that stays true to its brand. The company’s first smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and runs on Google’s Wear OS. It comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and supposed 24-hour battery life. Other features include a heart rate monitor, workout tracking, Google Assistant integration, and all the standard Wear OS features. There is also support for NFC payments using Google Pay. However, it was, specifically created to help athletes or the activity focused wearers to train and track goals.

Since it was created as a training and exercise companion, the design has a lightweight construction that uses nylon and aluminum for its casing along with a grippy and breathable textured silicone strap, and it relies on Google Fit to track users’ heart rates, workouts and other activities like running and rowing. The 44mm casing makes this is a medium-sized watch ideal for those wanting smart activewear. The 1.19-inch AMOLED display offers 328 pixels per inch for crystal clear viewing, while the solitary dial is the only physical input hardware on this Puma Wear OS watch.

Interestingly, the device has several interactive dials to choose from, not to mention the ability to display images from social media on its display. The device has been specifically created to help athletes as the device comes with Google Assistant, NFC support, swim-friendly design and water-resistant up to 3 ATM.

The removable strap can be altered at any time as Puma includes 16mm strap support using a standard prong. The fact that this weighs so little at just 28g, means that this first stab at Wear OS from Puma might entice those needing an everyday lightweight workout watch.

The Puma Sport Connected will be available in three colorways including an all-black option, yellow and black with neon strap, and rose gold with white strap from November 2019 at selected retailers for $275.