Fossil has come up with a new line up of smartwatches that are more in line with current offerings from competitors. That include features such as heart rate tracking, integrated GPS, NFC payment and such that were solely missed on all previous attempts from the company.
Named Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR, both the wearables are also largely similar except that the Q Explorist HR is the larger. While the Q Venture has a 40mm casing and 18mm interchangeable straps, the Q Explorist HR offers a 45mm casing along with wider 22mm straps and bracelets.
The immediate benefits wth the above feature set include the ability to track heart rate while undergoing physical activities such as a workout session, or for that matter, just about anywhere and anytime. Also, with an NFC chip-on-board, users will have an easy method of making contactless payments though the feature only supports Google Pay. Not to mention, GPS will allow for a convenient tracking option.
Both the smartwatches offer a round watchface and exudes style in equal measure. Buyers will also have the option to mix and match straps of their liking with options ranging from a variety the material to the color of the straps. Prices range from $255 to $275 depending on the smartwatch model or the type and color of strap used.
That said, there is nothing too exciting so far as the specifications are concerned, what with it being fitted with the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. Now that happens to be the chip that Qualcomm had introduced two years back for fitment onto smartwatches or other similar devices. It’s not that those are slouches but to launch a new smartwatch powered with two-year-old chips may not be to the liking for many. Both the smartwatches otherwise run Google Wear OS which again is the revamped version of the OS meant for use on smart wearable devices.
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Qualcomm meanwhile has stated they would be introducing a successor to the Snapdragon 2100 this year though buyers perhaps will have to wait for the fifth gen Fossil Q watch to be powered by the same. Till then, the Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR do appeal a lot with its looks, features as well as affordable pricing.