From the affordable Q Founder to the Q Marshal and Q Wander, Fossil has been very active in the Android Wear smartwatch scene. The company hopes to continue that momentum with the recently-announced Q Venture and Q Explorist.
The Q Venture and Q Explorist have plenty in common, such as Qualcomm’s wearable-oriented Snapdragon Wear 2100 that power both watches, interchangeable straps, a fast magnetic charger, and a “vintage arcade-inspired game” that is exclusive to Fossil’s Q line of smartwatches. More notably, the Q Venture and Q Explorist run Android Wear 2.0, which introduces nifty features like Google Assistant, standalone apps, smarter watch faces, and the ability to make mobile payments.
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Even the pricing and design between the two watches are the same – the Q Venture and Q Explorist start at $255 and go up to $275, with both watches featuring full-circle designs.
Where the two watches mainly differentiate from each other is in size. The Q Venture features a 11.5 mm case with a 42 mm diameter, which makes the smartwatch Fossil’s thinnest to date. By comparison, the Q Explorist sports a slightly thicker 12.6 mm case with a 45 mm diameter. In other words, the Q Venture looks to be the smartwatch for those with smaller wrists, though it should still supply plenty of real estate for your smartwatch needs.
Apart from an “early fall 2017” release window, Fossil was not particular about when exactly folks can buy the Q Venture and Q Explorist. That being said, both watches are available for pre-order at the links below.
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