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Fossil Q Control comes packing a smart interface and heart rate monitor

Fossil is expanding its already hefty smartwatch portfolio with yet another wrist wearable, this time offering neat touch controls and a heart rate monitor.

Dubbed the Q Control, the new smart watch gains its name from the touch sensitive bezel on the watch face that allows for slick scrolling through the Android Wear OS the smartwatch comes packing.

Compared to the more rugged Fossil Q smartwatches, the bezel control and overall design of the Q Control is a lot more understated and cleaner than its predecessors. The 44mm circular watch case measures in at 13.5mm thick so its relatively slim for a smartwatch.

Unlike its predecessors, the Q Control now features a heart rate monitor and also has water resistance, making it a decent fitness tracker for keen swimmers as well as people who like to run come rain or snow.

Google’s Fit app appears to be the main fitness tracker the Q Control uses, but there’s support for a clutch of third-party fitness apps, such as Runkeeper, MySwinPro, and Runtastic. And the smartwatch will connect with Android phones running Android 4.4 or later, and iPhones running iOS 9 and above, to bring more features into the mix.

Powering the apps and watch features is a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip matched with 4GB of RAM, while Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity is naturally on offer.

A good bit of customisation is on offer in the form of different watch dials and changeable watch straps.

The Fossil Q Control is available right now and will set buyers back by £279.

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