Fossil unveils new Q Venture and Q Explorist with HR sensor, built-in GPS and more

Peter, 06 August 2018

Fossil introduced the fourth generation of two of its Android Wear smartwatch lines – meet the Fossil Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR. They are available for pre-order and will ship out on August 26.

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Fossil Q Explorist 4th generation

The main difference between the two is size – Explorist is 45mm in diameter, Venture is 40mm. This means the exchangeable bands are different too, 22mm and 18mm respectively. The price, however, is identical, $255 for a leather band and $275 for a stainless steel band.

As you can tell by the name, both watches have heart rate sensors. And both sport a built-in GPS receiver (which wasn’t there on Gen 3 models). The new watches really are sportier than their predecessors, they are even swim-proof (the watches are rated at 3ATM).

Another new addition to the Explorist and Venture lines is NFC, which means the new watches support Google Pay.

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Fossil Q Venture 4th generation

Those are some pretty significant upgrades, but the rest hasn’t changed – you still get 4GB of built-in storage (for offline music playback and such), Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a battery that should last you the whole day.

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  • Danish

4th gen battery sucks for what i Know. How much backup does this 3rd gen gives you? 5-6 hours? Can you make call with it. As 4th gen lacks speaker so i am thinking to get 3rd gen specially when it is on sale for 190.

  • TreBar

I just cant await the arrival of the new Explorist Model. I own the 3rd generation Explorist and the announced features are exactly, what would make it perfect. Sufficient Battery-Power is critical though. Regarding the samsung Gear watches. The...

"A battery that should last a day" Has anyone tried gps-enabled watches? How long does the battery last with gps on?