Fossil in august 2018 unveiled the Gen 4 Q Explorist which unlike the Gen 3 series has an NFC chip that supports Google pay, Heart rate monitor and a GPS for tracking outdoor activities plus the design is even more stylish now. Just like the Gen 3, the Gen 4 runs on the Google wear OS which mean more access to apps.
Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist Full Specifications
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|Device name||Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist|
|Device type||Classic smartwatch|
|Predessesor||Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist|
|Released date||August, 2018|
|Display size||1.4 inches|
|Screen resolution||454 x 454 pixel|
|Input type||Touchscreen plus 3 physical buttons|
|Dimension||45 x 45 x 13 mm|
|Casing material||Stainless steel|
|Strap/band material||Leather (Silicone straps available)|
|Bezel Material||Stainless steel|
|Band size||22 mm|
|Water resistant||Yes, IP67 and 3ATM|
|Internal storage||4 GB|
|Memory card slot||--|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth smart v4.1 LE|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||Wear OS 2.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion|
|Battery life||Standby : 2days + , Mixed usage: ~1 day|
|Charging||Inductive charging magnet|
|Charging time||About 2 hours|
|Payment system||Google pay|
|Compatibility||Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.|
iOS 9.3 or later.
|Companion app||Fossil Q app|
|Customizable watch face||Yes|
|Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist|
|Inductive charging magnet|
|Quick starter guild|
Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Features
The new Gen 4 Q Explorist from Fossil is a classic and elegant piece which will look great for any event. The screen size is 1.4 inches which is great, the casing is built for durability with a stainless steel while the strap is a 22mm silicone material that is interchangeable. We don’t know what the glass is made of, but from all indications its certainly a tempered glass material similar to that used on most phones.
The display quality is great. It features a bright full-color display with a high resolution of 454 x 454 pixel. Its torchscreen and features additional 3 physical buttons by the right side which aids accessibility on the 1.4 inch screen. The top 2 buttons can be customized in wear OS while the center button rotating button acts as the home button.
The battery life of Gen 4 Q Explorist is not too great, however it’s a little bit better than the Gen 3. First its still runs the Qualcomm snapdragon wear 2100 which is considered outdated and drains battery. The battery is a li-ion, on standby you should expect a battery life of about 2-3days while on mixed average usage it’s estimated to last the whole day.
The Gen 4 Q Explorist battery can be charged simple by plugging the USB end to a low-power source, then place the smartwatch on the inductive charging magnet. It takes about 1-2 hours for the battery to be fully charged, an improvement from Gen 3 which took longer to charge. To avoid damage to the device, it is recommended that you use only inductive chargers. Also do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge .
The Gen 4 Q Explorist is fun packed as it comes with about 4GB internal storage space that lets you store your favorite tracks and other files. You can listen via a Bluetooth enabled earbud. However, the Gen 4 Explorist lacks loudspeaker.
The Gen 4 Q Explorist is water resistant, It is IP67 and 3ATM certified which means it is water resistant up to 30meter. As a result,you can wear this under the rain or perhaps to the shower with worring about damaging it.You can also wear to the pool or ocean, track your swimming activities.
The Gen 4 Q Explorist comes with all the standard sensors which includes an accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate monitor (HRM) these are capable of tracking various activities such as monitoring your heart rate variations, calories burned, calories consumed, steps and distance covered.
The Gen 4 Q Explorist unlike the previous versions comes with an in-built GPS sensor that is able to track outdoor activities such distance, routes and locations.
Notifications & Application
The Gen 4 Q Explorist comes with a Bluetooth v4.1 LE which can connect to your phone to enable notifications alert as they arrive. Notifications include;
One good thing about Gen 4 Q Explorist is that the straps are interchangeable with any 22mm strap of your choice. Beside this, the watch faces can also be customized to your choice. You can set the watch face to your favorite social media photos.
The Gen 4 Q Explorist also has a LED flashlight which you can use to illuminate dark spaces.
The Gen 4 Q Explorist is compatible with android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later and iOS 9.3 or later.
Unlike previous versions, The Gen 4 explorist now has an NFC chip which powers Google pay , a contactless payment system which lets you make payments on the go with a simple swap .
The Gen 4 Q Explorist has a loudspeaker and a microphone which lets you use the voice command feature for text and otherwise via Google assistant. Beside this the Gen 4 is able to keep track of multiple time zones, your local time as well other time zone. Also when you travel out to another country it automatically updates to the correct time of that country.
The three button on the right side of the Gen 4 can be customized. You can assign functions to the buttons you use most.
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