Fossil Q Founder smartwatch launches with a "flat tire" and $295 price tag

Fossil Q Founder smartwatch launches with a
Fossil is called a "lifestyle" brand, mostly because it is hard to decide exactly where it fits. The firm is known for its designs and trendy jewelry, which includes a line of watches. Back in October, the company unveiled the Fossil Q Founder. This is a new Android Wear smartwatch that is the result of a partnership between Fossil and Intel.

The Q Founder has been launched today, in time for the holiday shopping season. Priced at $295, the timepiece can be purchased from Fossil's website which you can visit with a mere tap on the sourcelink. The smartwatch has a stainless steel build, and a stainless steel band. It pairs with a phone running Android 4.4 or higher, or the Apple iPhone 5/iOS 8 and later. The phone supports Bluetooth 4.1 LE connectivity. Despite sporting what appears to be a round dial, the screen employs the same "flat tire" design made infamous by the Motorola Moto 360.

With the Fossil Q Tracker, you can measure the number of steps you take, and track the number of calories you've burned through. The IP67 certification means that the device can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes, and escape unscathed. Thus, rain storms shouldn't be a problem for the timepiece. The watch comes with 4GB of internal storage, and the 400mAh battery lets you go as long as 24 hours between charges.

With its background in design, Fossil is calling the Q Founder a combination of good looks and functionality. If you'd rather check out the watch before buying it, Fossil does have a link on its site that will show you which retailers are carrying the device.

source: Fossil via AndroidCentral



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now that easily looks better than anything Motorola can throw out.

3. Furbal unregistered

Liking my Q Grant very much. It is nice that they look more like standard watches.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The author forgets to mention that is 24 hours with the watch face constantly on. So if you turn off ambient mode, then you can go two days.

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I get 4 days out of my Gear S2 on ambient mode thanks to Tizen. Android Wear OS sucks TBH - much like Android 5 has been terrible on battery for most phones too.. I really hope Marshmallow fixes the battery drain issues of the past......

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Really? I think this looks pretty similar to the Moto 360 2015. It's nice that this comes with a metal band on the base model though. I'm interested to see how the Intel CPU in this compares to the Snapdragon 400 used in most other watches.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

And Apple can throw out as well.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And what does this have to do with Apple?

20. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Well you brought in Motorola first. Hypocrisy at its finest

21. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

This is the best looking smartwatch to date. Can this Fossil be used as a stand alone phone with a bluetooth headset, without connecting to a smartphone ??? What US carriers will it work with? Thanks.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All Android Wear watch can pair with a Bluetooth headset or speaker. So you can play music if you wanted to from the watch directly.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Didn't know this one had a flat tire as well. That's the one thing I didn't like about the Moto360, both iterations, and I prefer the looks of the Moto360 over this one.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's necessary if you want an ambient light sensor. Otherwise you have to manually set the brightness.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I know that it's needed for LCD display watches, that is why I prefer amoled watches.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Amoled watches also need an ambient light sensor otherwise you will have to manually set the brightness. I dont get why ppl try to push amoled crap so much if you use it on a watch thats keep the screen always open you will get very bad burn in issues.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Even with always on, the screen changes quite a lot. Unless you don't get notifications at all and purely use it as a clock. And amoled has less use for a sensor, since it's quite viewable in sunlight and night time.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think you're confusing amoled and LCD. LCD is 9 times out of 10 better in sunlight, and is less susceptible to burn in/image retention. The main benefits of amoled are richer blacks, more vibrant colors, and less battery conception with a darker display image. I think the screen changes you're seeing is it dimming, not due to a change in the lighting conditions, but because of the screen timeout.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You are right. I was thinking of superamoled and amoled. Not amoled and lcd. still amoled uses less power than lcd on darker screen. Most smartwatches use it for this reason. I think the Apple watch uses it too. And I am not referring to the dimming, I am referring to the screen changes because of notifications and other interactions.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you're getting LCD and LED confused, but that doesn't surprise me.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Just say it, you know you want to say it, that lame uninventive joke you make over and over and over and over and over and over again ;)

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not my fault if your name makes you vulnerable to clueless jokes. Get a clue.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

At least you are aware your jokes are clueless ;) And not vulnerable dear, I give a rats ass what someone like you thinks of me haha

25. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

All LEDs are LCD. But you knew that right?

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am pretty sure my gear s2 has an ambient light sensor so you don't need a flat tire. There is a tiny square that is visible right in the middle when the display is off. I think that's the sensor but I can't verify. I know is changes brightness for sure though.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So instead of a flat tire, there's a dead spot in the center? I'd take the flat tire if that's the case. Wherever the ambient light sensor goes, there is no display, so better to put it on the edge rather than in the center.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You can't see the spot in anyway, shape, or form when the display is on. It's probably underneath the display but sensitive enough to still detect changes in sunlight. Trust me, it's undetectable with the display on and WAY, WAY, Wwwwwwayyyyy better than that ugly flat tire.

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd like to know how they managed that, because if you put a screen protector on your smartphone that doesn't have a cutout for the ambient light sensor, even though it's clear, it will cause issues.

4. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Not bad.

24. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I want an Android Wear smartwatch that looks good (all metal), without heart-rate sensor and things you won't actually use, for about $150!

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