Fossil releases new smartwatches

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Fossil unveils two new Wear OS smartwatches — the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR. Fossil

In an attempt to catch up with its rivals, Fossil has recently released its newest raft of Android-Wear OS powered smartwatches.

With the addition of heart rate sensors, NFC, and built-in GPS, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR could well tear consumers away from their trusty Samsung Gear timepieces.

The addition of NFC is a particular boon allowing the watch to function as a mobile payment solution albeit it comes with a caveat – for now it only works with Google Pay.

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The inclusion of sensors allow the watch to track walks and runs, hikes, bike rides and other activities and can even function without a smartphone thanks to the built-in GPS. Although you’ll probably want to pair up your smartphone to maximise this capability.

While the sensor upgrades are a welcome addition, the smatwatch is still utilising Qualcomm’s now two-year old smartwatch chip. As a result, battery life and performance leave a lot to be desired.

Qualcomm has promised a new, more powerful SoC later this year but for now, devices must make do with the underpowered Snapdragon Wear 2100. While the Fossil looks great, the old chip might just be a dealbreaker for consumers.

The Q Venture has a 40mm casing and 18mm interchangeable straps, while the larger Q Explorist HR has a 45mm casing and 22mm straps. The watches are priced between $255 and $275 depending on your selection and are available from Fossil’s website now.

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