Casio, not a new name in watch industry has announced their entry to smartwatch arena with their first Android Wear powered watch at CES 2016 Expo in Las Vegas. The international expo happening in the United States is a platform where many big and small brands launch their products. Casio is one of the names that have showcased its products including the latest smartwatch.
The Casio WSD-F10 might just be the most rugged Android Wear smartwatch in the market now. Adopting the features from G-Shock such as waterproof (up to 50m), shockproof and vibration proof that is certified to US military standards, can be considered as the most hardcore smartwatch. Designed for consumers who spent their time outdoors more than indoors, it is the perfect sports watch one can get right now.
Packed with sensors like air pressure, magnetic compass, and altitude measurement tool, it has a dedicated button that brings up your current direction, sunrise and sunset times, as well as tide graphs for surfers on the go. You can find the pre-installed apps for fishing, cycling and trekking. All this operation can be managed through the companion app installed on your smartphone. Pairing can be done via the Bluetooth connectivity.
The Casio Smartwatch is compatible with the ViewRanger GPS app that offers trekking routes, although, the company didn’t mention the support of GPS. If the app is compatible with a GPS app, then it only makes sense that the watch should have the GPS connectivity. Or maybe it uses your smartphone’s GPS, if that’s the case then you can count it under cons section.
There is a dual layer display that protects the display on WSD-F10, it also means that the watch has a monochrome screen, which is the quite efficient technology. When you don’t need more rigorous usage, it can last up to month on a single charge by display basic watch face. The brand didn’t specify the exact battery capacity, but it can be stated that battery life should be good on this watch.
But remember that when used to its full potential, the 1.32-inch 320 x 320 resolution display can only last a day like any other Android Wear smartwatches out there. The watch comes in a range of colors with a more sporty look than its counterparts like Huawei Watch and Moto 360. It can be idealized that rather purchasing a dumb sporty watch, consumers would go with Casio’s first smartwatch. So, you can get a functioning of a regular smartwatch on your rugged watch.
The WSD-F10, a weird name for smartwatch, would be available for sale sometime in April this year. Note all that tech doesn’t come cheap as you would have to fetch around $500 depending upon your strap and color options. The watch is showcased at the CES 2016 floor, you can know more about other launches happening at the consumer show when you head over to our dedicated section.