Fossil unveils its first Android Wear watch with Intel inside and a flat-tire display

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The Intel Developer Conference is taking place this week and Fossil was on hand with a surprise. The company showed off three wearable devices, and the one that’s grabbing the most attention is an Android Wear watch.

Unfortunately not much was revealed about the watch, but we do know that an Intel chip is powering it. It was back in May that Intel announced a partnership with Tag Heuer for a future Android Wear watch, but this is the first time we are seeing one powered by the company’s chip.

Related: The name of TAG Heuer’s Android Wear smartwatch has been leaked, and it’s a bit silly

At first glance, it resembles a cross between the Moto 360 and the LG Watch Urbane. The smaller bezel around the display is reminiscent of the Moto 360, but the lugs for the watch strap are similar to the Watch Urbane.

You will also notice the flat tire look on the display, which is the black part of the display at the bottom. It’s exactly what you will find on the Moto 360, and the reason for it is because that space is needed for the display components. The Watch Urbane has a larger bezel around the display, so it’s not necessary.

A silver version was on display, but we won’t be surprised if a gold version is offered as well. The watch shown sported a leather strap, and it’s likely that metal bands will be offered as well. It appears that it takes 22mm straps, just like other Android Wear watches.

Other Fossil Connected Devices shown included a fitness band and some sort of semi-smart watch. Just like the Android Wear watch, not much information was shared. It’s expected that all three wearables will be out in time for the holidays.

The company also revealed that it would offer connected watches for Michael Kors and Kate Spade, but it’s not clear if they will be Android Wear.

This is the first smartwatch from a traditional watchmaker, and we can expect more. Tag Heuer could announce its Android Wear watch sometime this fall.


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