Casio has just formalized a new connected watch under Wear OS stamped G-Shock.
This is not the first connected watch from Casio, nor the first watch from Casio equipped with a Google OS. Nevertheless, it is clear that Casio is back after a moment of absence with a new connected watch running Wear OS, Google’s Android-based OS.
Strong as a G-Shock
The Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 uses the famous G-Shock case with its solid and above all waterproof design, up to 200 meters under the water surface. It therefore joins the G-Squad family, with a companion application called G-Shock Connected for Android but also for iPhone.
Casio made the case out of plastic, while the back is titanium. In addition to the touchscreen, there are buttons for turning it on and off, as well as for apps and launch functions. The front side is occupied by a 1.2 inch dual-layer LCD screen with a monochrome layer and a colored layer. Casio uses the monochrome layer for always-on display, which can permanently display the time and date, for example, and the colored layer for displaying maps, sensor data and other information, as well as apps from the Google Play Store for Wear OS.
The screen is divided into three areas so you can configure your own dial from hundreds of possible combinations. This also includes the ability to switch to an analog style display with digital pointers.
Casio offers functions for more traditional fitness activities such as running, indoor training, cycling and swimming, but the watch is also suitable for more extreme sports such as surfing or snowboarding. Built-in sensors include a compass, altimeter, accelerometer, gyrometer, heart rate monitor, and GPS. There is also a vibration motor, microphone, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 4.
To charge the built-in lithium-ion battery, this happens via a magnetic charging connection, Casio mentions an average autonomy of a day and a half in full use. By disabling Wear OS but leaving the sensors active, the battery life should be around a month. Casio does not provide any information on the integrated processor, but this Wear OS deactivation function suggests the use of a SoC Snapdragon Wear 3100.
Casio will soon make it available, it is referenced at 699 euros on the brand’s official store. We have not yet had confirmation of its availability in France, but it is planned in Germany for example.