Q Control is Fossil’s first sporty Android Wear smartwatch

Yet another entry from the Fossil stable has come to fruition. Dubbed Q Control, this is the company’s first stab at a sporty Android Wear smartwatch.

If you thought Fossil was pulling back from its wearable tech ambitions, think again. But this time, the company that already sells hundreds of different connected watches has come out with something different.

Looking a lot like Misfit Vapor, the Q Control features a 45mm circular case and is 14mm thick. Aimed at outdoorsy folks, this is a stylish and minimalistic device that, at the same time, manages to come across as sporty.

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Hardware-wise, Q Control packs an accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, heart rate sensor and an altimeter. All of this is wrapped in a 50 meter water resistant casing.

The watch is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, with 4GB of internal storage alongside it and a battery that’s estimated to last through a day on a single charge. You’ll also get GPS readings but not from a built-in GPS sensor. Q Control has something called Connected GPS which is a fancy way of saying it taps into your smartphone for readings.

In addition to the touchscreen, for navigation you’ll find a single button on the right side of the face. More interestingly, there is also a touch-sensitive bezel that allows you to scroll through the screens. This use of the bezel is very similar to something we’ve seen on Misfit Vapor and Garmin Vivoactive 3.

If you’re interested in picking up Fossil’s latest smartwatch for yourself or a loved one, it will set you back $275. For now the watch is only available in black with gunmetal accents on Fossil.com and Amazon.com. Wider retail availability and other color options should follow soon.

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