The new Skagen Falster smartwatches were the most exciting Android Wear devices to hit CES 2018 earlier this month. The clean, simple designs and relatively small size at 42mm were refreshing compared to the heavy, oversized devices that usually carry Android Wear. The black with leather strap models are now available to buy at Skagen’s website for $275, which is earlier than the expected January 25th date.
The all black model with either a black or brown leather strap is all that’s available for now, leaving the silver and rose gold models with mesh straps ($295) out for a later date. Perhaps they’ll become available on January 25th, but if not, they’re right around the corner.
As a reminder, the Skagen Falster smartwatches have Android Wear 2.0 installed and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. They will connect to either Android or iOS phones via Bluetooth (functionality will be somewhat limited on iOS), and you’ll be able to see and respond to notifications, download and stream music, install apps from the Play Store and utilize Google Assistant.
These watches are missing some features, however, as they’re balancing style with function. There’s no speaker for calls, no NFC for mobile payments, no LTE option, no GPS and no heart rate monitor on the back. They’re simpler devices for those that want a stylish watch that still provides core Android Wear functionality. If you need all of the bells and whistles, the Huawei Watch 2 or LG Watch Sport might be better options.