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Casio enhances battery life for its Pro Trek outdoor smartwatch



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The new Casio Pro Trek smartwatch.


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Casio presented the latest version of its Pro Trek outdoor-focused smartwatch, like improved battery life, display features and apps features.

Battery performance was a weak point for last year's model so Casio created new software as it claims will allow a user to make the time sip battery life instead of chug it. Last year's clock already contained a default color display mode of 1

.5 days and a monochrome display mode lasting for a month. In addition, there is a new expanded mode that lets anyone use the color display for up to three days.

The black and white screen now displays more information – the altimeter, compass and barometer – not just the time.

The new smartwatch will be available in black, blue or orange for $ 549 in the US and EUR 549 in the European market, according to Casio Director Austin Kazami. It will be available sometime between the end of 2018 to the beginning of 2019, he added.

The clock, called the WSD-F30 and unveiled at the IFA Berlin conference, is a way for Casio to continue to build its business in the outdoor niche of smartwatches. This strategy can help the company stand out against Apple Watch, which also offers training and outdoor features, and is the leader in smartwatches.

The new Casio clock runs on Google's Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear ) and several outdoor-focused watch apps were optimized for the device, including running app Zombies, Run!

Casio's new model is also based on last year's upgrades, which included GPS and offline map support.

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