Fossil is gearing up to launch its first set of connected devices in the form of smartwatches and smart bracelets. The accessory maker is collaborating with Intel with these devices, though we are not certain as of yet if these smart bands contain Intel hardware or just software.
The great thing about these smartwatches from Fossil is the fact that they look like a regular wristwatch. We like the Fossil Q Grant mainly due to its design since no one should be able to tell this device is more than what it seems. It isn't a regular smartwatch since it is not powered by Android. It is more along the lines of the Microsoft Band than anything else.
The Grant is expected to cost around $175 to $195, which is a decent price for what it brings to the market. Still, we have to wonder how it will stack up against what Microsoft has to offer in the form of the Band 2. We see nothing about it having the same amount of high-tech sensors, so right away we think it probably will not make the cut
Another smart mobile device Fossil is working on is called the Q Founder. It looks similar to the Moto 360 due to the circular watch face. It seems to be more stylish when compared to the Q Grant, which is probably why it costs $275 to own. It is the company's first smartwatch, and it looks slick though there are talks that it features an odd black bar at the bottom of the screen. From what we've come to understand, this device is the first smartwatch to include an Intel processor, though we have no idea what it costs.
For quite some time, the majority of smartwatches were powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor from Qualcomm. With Intel making inroads with the Q Founder, we can be certain that this is about to change in a big way, but only if Intel can prove its smartwatch processor is more capable than what Qualcomm has to offer.
Outside of those devices, Fossil has a few smart bands in the pipeline called the Q Reveler and Q Dreamer. These devices are all about pushing notifications to Android and iOS devices with compatible apps, nothing more nothing less.