Later this week, Casio’s first smartwatch powered by Android Wear will go on sale.
The WSD-F10, which debuted earlier in the year at CES 2016, will be available from four retailers beginning Friday, March 25. Partners selling the smartwatch on that date are Amazon, the Google Store, REI, and ShopCasio. Casio says pricing for the WSD-F10 is set at $500 and color options include red, green, black, and orange.
Because the smartwatch is $500, you’re probably expecting it to have high-end features that aren’t usually found in other Android Wear devices. Casio says you’ll be able to check direction, altitude, atmospheric pressure, sunrise/sunset times, tide graphs, activity graphs, and more in addition to what Google’s wearable platform already does.
Like the Moto 360 (2015), Casio’s smartwatch has a display with resolution coming in at 320×300. This is because, while having a circular display, the WSD-F10 has a ‘flat tire’ at the bottom to enable automatic brightness. Another special feature involving the display is its ability to switch over to a monochromatic mode that nixes color. That should extend battery life by about one month, perfect for when you’re out camping or enjoying the outdoors and don’t have access to charging.
Although thick, the WSD-F10 is ready for whatever comes its way. The smartwatch is water-resistant up to 50 meters and has environmental performance compliant with the MIL-STD-810G military standard, the latter of which is set by the United States Department of Defense.
Casio’s Groundbreaking Smart Outdoor Watch Now Available Nation
Powered by Android Wear, the WSD-F10 is the Ideal Wrist Device for Outdoor Enthusiasts
DOVER, N.J., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Casio America, Inc. announced today that its award-winning Smart Outdoor Watch will be available for purchase beginning March 25th, 2016. Unveiled in January at CES 2016, the WSD-F10 wrist device is powered by Android Wear and is optimal for the outdoors, boasting water resistance up to 50 meters, and tested to military standard specifications to ensure it can withstand a variety of rugged activities. Outdoor adventurers can purchase their WSD-F10 online. Casio’s experience in the timepiece industry is reflected in the WSD-F10’s ease of use as an everyday watch, with large buttons and a slip-free finish. The wristband is made from soft urethane that conforms to the wrist and can be comfortably worn for extended periods.
The new watch comes equipped with a wide range of useful apps and features that are perfect for a tech-savvy outdoor enthusiast. Users can check direction, altitude, atmospheric pressure, sunrise and sunset times, tide graphs and activity graphs, and more. They can also tap into apps such as email alert, weather, maps, voice search and more to help them stay connected while navigating the outdoors. Additionally, users can also load their own apps to expand the feature set for alternative outdoor activities.
Since its debut at CES, the WSD-F10 has received several accolades for its innovative technology, including: Android Authority, Best of CES 2016: The Most Impressive Products from the Show; Android Central: Top Picks for CES 2016; Digital Trends: Top Tech of CES 2016; Engadget: Best of CES (Finalist); Men’s Health: The 10 Most Exciting Products at CES 2016; Reviewed.com: CES Editors’ Choice Award; Ubergizmo: Best of CES 2016; and Wareable: Best Wearable Tech Product.
Casio’s Smart Outdoor Watch is available in Red, Green, Black, and Orange online on Amazon, Google Store™, REI and ShopCasio for a MSRP of $500.00.