Fossil is a world-renowned watch and jewelry manufacturer and although it is primarily known for designing and creating traditional luxury goods and fashion accessories, the company couldn’t resist the calling of the relatively infant smartwatch market, and last year it joined the party with the so-called Fossil Q Founder smartwatch. The aforementioned smartwatch powered by Android Wear was then followed by the Fossil Q Grant; a hybrid watch flaunting analog characteristics combined with smart features. In other words, Fossil’s future plans for the smartwatch market are rather unpredictable at this point, but interestingly enough and according to a document recently filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Fossil seems to be preparing for the release of a second full-fledged smartwatch.
The FCC documentation was discovered by Ausdroid, and according to their findings the FCC filing suggests that Fossil has developed a new smartwatch. Reportedly, it has a 1.4-inch TFT-LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 290 and a pixel density of ~228 pixels per inch, which reveals two main characteristics surrounding the device; Firstly, it will likely be a fully-fledged circular smartwatch (presumably powered by Android Wear 2.0) as opposed to a hybrid watch, and secondly, judging by the screen resolution the display will have what some consumers call a “flat tire display”, meaning that just like with the original model, it won’t be perfectly circular. In addition, the data suggests that the smartwatch will benefit from wireless charging, Bluetooth 4.x LE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and a battery with a 400 mAh capacity. Sadly there’s not much else to say in regards to whatever else might make the mysterious Fossil smartwatch tick, and the same goes for its unveiling too. However, readers who may be unfamiliar with the original Fossil Q Founder might want to know that the original model was also powered by a 400 mAh battery, and had a similar pixel density for the display.
Unfortunately, assuming that these specifications are correct, it sounds like Fossil’s second smartwatch might not offer too many improvements over their first model. Switching gears to an OLED display could really benefit the sequel, but all in all, it is possible that Fossil will continue to focus more on the exterior design rather than updating the smartwatch’s internals. But at the end of the day, Fossil has yet to make an official announcement on the matter, so as is usually the case with FCC documents and similar findings, the information remains subject to change.