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Casio Announces First G-Shock Wear OS Smartwatch

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Wristwatch maker, Casio has announced its first Wear OS smartwatch in its long-running G-Shock lineup, the GSW-H1000.

The watchmaker has been releasing devices using Google’s smartwatch OS since 2016, when it released the Android Wear-powered Casio Smart Outdoor Watch. But this is the first time Google’s software has appeared on a G-Shock watch.

The G-Shock lineup dates back to the 1980s, and the watches have a reputation for being one of the most rugged Wristwatches around.

Casio Announces First G-Shock Wear OS Smartwatch
Source: Casio

The GSW-H1000 comes with many of the features expected on a fitness-focused smartwatch. There’s an optical heart rate sensor, and Casio’s built-in software supports 15 activities and 24 indoor workout options. The watch supports GPS and has a built-in compass, altitude sensor, accelerometer, and gyrometer. Wear OS means there’s Google Assistant and Google Fit support, and you can download apps from Google Play store.

The watch has a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 dual-layer display that combines a monochrome always-on LCD display with a color LCD panel. Battery life is rated at around one and a half days if you’re using the color display,  and can be extended to up to a month if the watch is used only for timekeeping and sensors. A full charge takes around three hours, according to Casio.

Casio Announces First G-Shock Wear OS Smartwatch
Source: Casio

There will be three models of the watch: the GSW-H1000-1 (blue), the GSW-H1000-1A (gray), and the GSW-H1000-1A4 (red)

Casio has been mum on the release date and its pricing, but, it is rumoured that the upcoming wearable could cost up to $699 in the United States and £599 in the United Kingdom.

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