Casio Announces Smartwatch Powered By Wear OS
Recently Google rebranded its wearable OS from Android Wear to Wear OS. And now, Casio has officially announced the Casio WSD-F20SC smartwatch powered by the new Wear OS. This is the second smartwatch to ship with Wear OS, after the ‘Big Bang Referee‘ from Hublot. The Casio WSD-F20SC is a limited edition rugged smartwatch.
This smartwatch is an upgraded version of the WSD-F20, which was launched in 2017. As the Casio WSD-F20SC is a limited edition device, the company has limited the number of devices to 700 units only. The smartwatch will be available from June 2o18. However, the company is yet to make an announcement on the pricing of this watch. Features like Ion-plated buttons and sapphire crystal glass protection is will differentiate this smartwatch from the competition.
Casio WSD-F20SC Specs
The watch will have a 1.32 inch colour TFT display. The display found on this watch has a dual layer screen with a colour and a monochrome display. This is a handy feature, which helps the device to save battery. The watch can pair up with either Android or iOS smartphone. However, those devices should be running on Android 4.3 and iOS 9 or latest operating systems.
The smartwatch has support for GPS and GLONASS. Similarly, it also comes with Color Maps with support for offline navigation. The Casio WSD-F20SC is water resistant up to 50meters and MIL-STD-810G certified for additional ruggedness. The device also includes trucking friendly features like Pressure sensor, accelerometer, gyro metre and a compass. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with latest IEEE 802.11 b/g/n standards.
The watch has a sealed battery, which charges via magnetic charging terminal, which takes 2 hours to charge completely. The watch can be used in three modes (GPS off), the normal use with the coloured display on offers one-day battery life. The normal mode with colour display auto-off offers up to 2days battery life. The Time Piece mode can offer up to 30 days of battery life. However, this mode disables the smart features, and can only show time. The battery life takes a slight hit when GPS is turned on.