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.
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 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.