Fossil Q Venture HR, Explorist HR 4th gen smartwatches with Google Wear OS announced for India

Both Fossil Q smartwatches will be available in India by the end of October 2018.

  • Published: August 7, 2018 3:30 PM IST

Fossil has announced its fourth-generation Fossil Q smartwatches lineup for India alongside the global release. These include Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR priced at Rs 19,995 and Rs 21,995, respectively. THe latest range of Fossil Q products will be available in India by the end of this October. In the United States, these are immediately available from Fossil’s website.

While the third-generation Fossil Q smartwatches had similar features with Google’s Wear OS and similar naming convention with the ‘HR”, the fourth-generation additionally packs heart rate monitoring, GPS tracking, and NFC chip for contact-less payments. There are 36+ exclusive dials, from fashion forward to novelty dials, and Fossil says that users can integrate an increasing number of third party apps to their device experience, as well as set social media photos as watch face backgrounds.

As for the dials, the Fossil Q Venture HR has a 40mm stainless steel casing with 18mm straps, and the Fossil Q Explorist HR comes with a larger 45mm dial case with 22mm straps. These come with the support of interchangeable straps and bracelets.

Both watches are powered by Google’s Wear OS and Qualcomm 2100 processor like the previous generation. Both have 3ATM waterproofing too.

“Since our entry to the smartwatch market, it has always been our first priority to be nimble and adapt quickly to innovations-both in technology and design’’ says Steve Evans, EVP of Fossil. “We know a lot of watch wearers have both a traditional watch and some kind of an activity tracker— by adding significant features in terms of technology, without compromising our design standards, this new generation of smartwatch will provide consumers with one device that fits all of their needs. Ensuring the best possible experience for our customers has always been important, which drove the innovation of this product; we cannot wait to see the consumer response around the globe.’’

Integration of NFC allows users to have payment and transit capabilities directly on these fourth generation Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR watches. These are exclusively compatible with Google Pay and transit & pay features are currently available in select countries only.

Other than that, both Fossil Q watches include microphone, Bluetooth, accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, and ambient light sensor. These watches compatible with Android 4.4+ and and iOS 9.3+ devices.

  • Published Date: August 7, 2018 3:30 PM IST