The US-based watch manufacturer Fossil had unveiled its latest range of smartwatches – the Q Marshal and Q Wander – in March this year. Later, the smartwatches – also known as the Fossil Marshal and Fossil Wander, which is how they are listed on Flipkart – were launched in August by the company each for $275. While the company has an India launch event planned for Wednesday next week, the company has already listed the smartwatches up for pre-orders on Flipkart, with a release date of October 8.
The smartwatch market in India is still quite nascent, with many global players yet to make their way into the country, and the entry of Fossil’s smartwatches will definitely heat up the competition. The Fossil Q Marshal smartwatch for men and the Fossil Q Wander smartwatch for women are priced at Rs. 21,995 with Silver (metal), Black (leather), and Dark Brown (leather) strap options. There is a Rose Gold (metal) strap option of the Fossil Q Wander, priced at Rs. 22,999. You can interchange between bracelets and straps with new 22mm ones in case the old one is worn out, or if you just want to fancy a different one. However, the straps aren’t being sold separately on Flipkart as of now.
The Fossil Q Marshal and Fossil Q Wander smartwatches run on Android Wear with compatibility for iPhone 5 and higher iOS devices (running iOS 8.2 and above) apart from devices running Android 4.3 and higher. Sharing almost the same specifications, the smartwatches are 45mm in diameter, and sport a 1.4-inch LED display at 320×190 display resolution with 229dpi. The smartwatches are packed with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of inbuilt storage. The smartwatches have connectivity solutions that include Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity.
Both smartwatches house a battery of 360mAh that last up to 2 days and require 120 minutes to fully charge. The company claims the smartwatches come with magnetic wireless charging for the batteries. Besides, the smartwatches are IP67-certified making them resistant to both water and dust. A G-sensor, gyroscope, compass are also present in them, along with built-in speaker and microphone to take up calls on the fly. The smartwatches also come with fitness tracking and notification support for your Android or iOS device.
With a price of Rs. 21,999, Fossil may not convince those looking for an affordable smartwatch, but it is surely going to compete with Motorola’s Moto 360, Titan’s new Juxt Pro, Apple Watch Series 1, and Pebble Time Steel to name a few.