Casio has announced the first Wear OS smartwatch in its long-running G-Shock series: the GSW-H1000. The watch will sell for $ 699 in the US or £ 599 in the UK and will be available in red, blue or black. With shock resistance and water resistance up to 200 meters deep, Casio says that the GSW-H1000 is a training-focused durable designed for everything from surfing to snowboarding.
The watchmaker has been releasing devices that use Google’s smartwatch OS since 2016, when it released the Android Wear-powered Casio Smart Outdoor Watch. But this is the first time Google̵
The GSW-H1000 comes with many of the features expected on a training-focused smartwatch. It has an optical heart rate sensor, and Casio’s built-in software supports 15 activities and 24 indoor training options. The watch supports GPS and has a built-in compass, altitude sensor, accelerometer and gyrometer. Wear OS means that Google Assistant and Google Fit are supported, and you can download apps from Google Play.
When it comes to hardware, the watch has a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 dual-layer display that combines a monochrome always-on LCD screen with a color display panel. Battery life is estimated at around one and a half days if you use the color screen, and extends to up to a month if you only use the watch for timing and sensors. A full charge takes around three hours, according to Casio.
With rumors of an extreme sports-focused Apple Watch on the horizon, Casio and other rugged smartwatch manufacturers may soon face much more competition. But at least on paper, the GSW-H1000 looks like it can handle the challenge.