Casio has been making the iconic rugged G-Shock watches for a long time. As popular as wearables are, until now, Casio has never offered a smartwatch. That changed with the launch of the G-Shock GSW-H1000 with Wear OS by Google. Casio is targeting wearables to users who want to stay in shape with activity goals and fitness tracking.
The smartwatch has all the robustness of the G-Shock line with a water resistance rating of 200 meters. It is the flagship of the sport-oriented G-Squad watch line and can track various activities, including running, indoor exercise, road cycling, swimming, surfing or snowboarding. An integrated optical sensor measures heart rate and the watch features a compass, altitude / air pressure sensor, accelerometer, gyro, GPS functionality and more.
All the hardware inside the watch allows to capture data about distance, speed and pace for athletes. The screen is a monochrome and color double-layer unit with an interface that offers a three-layer layout that can be customized according to the user’s needs. The watch uses a soft urethane bracelet for flexibility and durability while providing comfort.
Casio offers the watch in three color options, including black with blue, black with gray or red with black. All watches have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Users can choose from a variety of watch faces and, thanks to the color screen, the supported GPS applications can be viewed directly on the watch screen.
One of the most significant benefits of the GSW-H1000 line for users who currently wear a standard smartwatch is the robustness of the wearable device. Like all G-Shock watches, it is shock resistant and must be able to survive much more adverse conditions than your typical smartwatch. It has a water resistant microphone and a charging port. No availability information was offered at the moment, but we know it will cost $ 699.