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Fossil's Android Wear watch goes on sale for $275

The Fossil Q Founder isn't the highest-tech Android smartwatch, but it may be the best-looking.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
December 8, 2015
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A company that specializes in designing watches has released an Android Wear model you might actually wear to dinner. Fossil's Q Founder smartwatch is now available on Google Play for $275 in leather (coming soon), with the stainless steel model priced at $295. Like the Tag Heuer Connected, it's powered by an Intel Atom CPU rather than the Qualcomm chips used in most Android Wear models. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 24-hour battery life and a 1.5-inch, 360 x 326 display (240 ppi) display. Sensor-wise, it packs an accelerometer, gyroscope and ambient light sensor.

However, the model suffers from the same problem as the original Moto 360 -- the dreaded "flat tire" blank spot at the bottom of the display. It also lacks a heart-rate sensor, which might dissuade fitness enthusiasts. However, Fossil designs watches for brands like Adidas, Burberry and Armani, and is clearly going after folks who might want a smartwatch that won't embarrass them in public. In fact, the company also has the Q Grant, a non-Android Wear model with a regular watch face that just provides tracking and notification. For many users, that might be all the tech they need on a watch.

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