Fossil unveils next-gen of Wear OS smartwatches with NFC, heart-rate tracking and more

Fossil is among the few brands out there that fully dedicates itself to smartwatches. The company offers something suited for every taste and is regularly updating its portfolio of devices.

Case in point, this week Fossil unveiled a new line-up of Wear OS devices. The new Q family represents the fourth-generation of smartwatches launched by the company.

While the new smartwatches do bring a series of new technologies onboard, they are still based on the Snapdragon 2100 platform. Which was introduced back in 2016.

Back in May, we reported that Qualcomm has started working on new chipsets for Wear OS smartwatches. These processors will come to replace the current generation of wearables chips and will be available this fall.

These chips are apparently going to be designed from the group up and will allow manufacturers to build smaller watches with better battery life.

Should you buy a new smartwatch now?

So you might want to consider waiting a few months before your next smartwatch purchase. But if you need one now, Fossil’s updated Q line is already available for purchase on the company’s website.

The new family will include the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, two models which have been designed to offer a holistic experience via a new set of features.

This includes heart-rate tracking, NFC (for Google Pay), untethered GPS and a swim-proof functionality. Fossil has also made some important battery optimizations so that new Q smartwatches can be charged within an hour and last all day long (up to 24 hours). The new models are compatible with smartphones running iOS 9.3+ and Android 4.4+.

The company says it will offer more than 36 exclusive dials. On top of that, users will be able to use a growing number of third-party apps on their devices like social photo apps.

The new smartwatch range will be available with interchangeable straps and bracelets soon. Pricing will vary between $255 and $275.