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Casio Unveils Its Rugged Android Wear Smartwatch

By Jan David Perianes , Jan 06, 2016 11:19 PM EST
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Android Wear smartwatches have been designed to deliver convenience and ease of access, and device manufacturers have made it as a battleground for classy, premium entries for people who seek it. However, there seems to be an obvious absence of rugged Android Wear smartwaches, leaving only standard watches to provide time for its demographic. Casio wants to change it and as such unveils the Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10, an Android Wear smartwatch designed to withstand the hazards of the great outdoors.

The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 is a massive, hardcore Android Wear smartwatch designed for the outdoors instead of the business premises and daily commutes. It's tested to the United States military standard MIL-STD-810 that is issued by the US Department of Defense, making it capable of performing even in the harsh outdoor environment. It is water resistant up to 50 meters, yet it's still equipped with a microphone. It also comes with a pressure sensor, a compass and an accelerometer.

The WSD-F10 features a suite of useful and original applications by Casio designed for outdoor activities like trekking, cycling and fishing. There's even an app that measures changes in the natural environment, as well as track the activity levels of the user. Moreover, users can also install apps on the watch as it is powered by Google's Android Wear operating system.

As for the WSD-F10's display, it comes with a 1.32-inch screen with a 320 x 300 resolution. However, similar to the Moto 360, there's a cut at the bottom part of the display. But its form factor and design match closely with Casio's other offerings. It is even equipped with a dual-layer LCD, along with a monochrome mode, extending its battery life from 24 hours to over 31 days. It's important to note, however, that during this function, the watch would only be able to tell the time.

Casio, however, made the price a bit steep. At US$500, the WSD-F10 belongs in the upper class smartwatches to date. It will come to Japan in March, while the United States will get it in early April.

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