Casio is releasing a new wearOS based rugged G-Shock smartwatch. The new series branded as GSW-H1000 is the first of the rugged G-Shock models to feature wearOS.
This news comes when there are rumors of Apple coming out with a rugged Apple Watch this year. The rugged smartwatch category is definitely heating up!
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Casio’s G-Shock smartwatch details and specs
As you would expect, the new Casio watch features titanium back for extra durability. The GSW-H1000 is water resistance up to 200 meters.
The two-layer display makes it easy for always-on display functionality by one layer, monotone LCD, showing the essentials such as time. The second color LCD layer shows other information such as Maps. The dual display layer goes a long way to help preserve the battery on the smartwatch.
The display is a 1.32-inch color TFT LCD with 320 x 300-pixel resolution.
Much like other CASIO smartwatches, the new wearOS watch comes with all the sensors. This includes a built-in GPS, optical heart rate sensor, barometric pressure sensors, and compass.
Casio app supports 34 indoor activity options and supports over a dozen outdoor activities, including extreme sports such as surfing, sailing, kayaking, and snowboarding.
For runners, the new G-Shock watch features running progress features and also includes the VO2 Max monitoring.
Given the battery life advances on newer wearOS watches, the CASIO GSW-H1000 falls short in its engineering in this area. The new watch is expected to provide one and half days’ worth of battery life between charges.
The wearOS platform enables the usual notifications functionality and provides access to Google assistant.
The new watch comes in three different colors; red, black, and blue, and will be available starting in mid-May. In terms of pricing, the GSW-H1000 will be priced at $700 in the US.
You can review the watch specs and pricing details at the company’s UK site.