Casio unveils rugged Android Wear smartwatch with dual-layer display


This is the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, model WSD-F10. It is big, it is tough, it is smart, and it is... strangely appealing with its rugged, manly design. It is also a pricey piece of tech goodness when compared to its Android Wear counterparts, but we'll focus on the exact figures later, as we feel like what this puppy stands out with is more important. 

First and foremost, this isn't a smartwatch you'd wear to a fancy dinner. The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is built for adventurers – the kind of people who love spending time in harmony with the great outdoors. And when we say that it is tough, we mean it. The wearable is water-resistant at depths up to 50 meters and compliant with MIL-STD-810G military standard endurance tests. At the same time, a microphone is built in alongside a pressure sensor, an accelerometer, and a compass. 

The 1.32-inch display has a resolution of 320 x 300 pixels with a noticeable "flat tire" design at the bottom. If our intuition is to be trusted, that's where sensors and/or display circuitry might have be placed, as that's the case with the Moto 360 smartwatch. We could be wrong, of course. In any case, we're willing to forgive Casio this visual imperfection as the WSD-F10's display has one really awesome trick up its sleeve. Over the primary, color display is layered a secondary, monochrome LCD one, which is there to extend the wearable's battery life. Theoretically, the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch can last a month on one charge if only the monochrome LCD is used, but that means you'll be seeing the time only. If used as a standard Android Wear smartwatch, the wearable should last you at least a day per charge, 

On the software side of things, we have Android Wear running the show, meaning that the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is meant to be paired with an Android device. Sure, you may use it with an iPhone running iOS 8.2 or higher, but you won't be getting the full package. At its core, the user experience should come close to that of using any other Android Wear device – you have access to apps, notifications, and Google Now straight from your wrist. But Casio has built in its own goodies as well. Additional watch faces provide at-a-glance data collected by the wearable's sensors, such as altitude, air pressure, compass directions, your own activity, and much more. 

But as we mentioned above, Casio's first smartwatch is an expensive one. It is expected to cost around $500 when it is out, which makes it pricier than most other Android Wear smartwatches. It is also more expensive than a Samsung Gear S2 or an entry-level Apple Watch. But then again, few other smartwatches can withstand the kind of abuse the WSD-F10 is designed to endure. 


source: Casio via The Verge

FEATURED VIDEO

18 Comments

1. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

NICE! I like it.

10. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

FLAT TIRE!!!!!

13. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I know right, with all that room around the display I see no reason to have the flat tire. Also for an outdoor watch I would expect 2 days of tracking minimum. They need a good solar panel around the perimeter in the hash marks (where they should have housed the OLED circuitry/sensors).

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is built for adventurers". And yet the targeted audience is mostly consist of geeks who spend their entire day swiping on their smartphones, you know geeks & couch potatoes... Well, at least; I'm not only a geek, but also an avid motorcyclist... Or biker if you so prefer though I don't have a big beard & I don't wear chain wallets etc...

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Can't you be a geek and an adventurer at the same time?

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@NoToFanboys Hardly...

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"And yet the targeted audience is mostly consist of geeks who spend their entire day swiping on their smartphones, you know geeks & couch potatoes..." No it isn't. This is basically a fitness tracker with smart watch capabilities. Not sure couch potatoes have need for an elevation tracker.

3. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Very nice piece. A G Shock styled smartwatch would be wicked.

6. damiestechnologies unregistered

very nice!!

8. Ilikkaman

Posts: 39; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Fugly

9. seblak

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 07, 2015

Waiting for seiko to create a diver android wear with 200m water resistance.Sounds pointless,but why not?

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the only one flat tire design that I actually like :D

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha apple is gonna drown in awesome android wear watches.......This one together with the one from Tag Heuer show us that the tech companies know nothing about watch design.....

14. Deadeye37

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I totally would get this. A smartwatch that I can take swimming, surfing, snorkeling, etc would be awesome. BTW....the design looks great for an outdoors watch. Not something I'd wear when I go out on the town (my Moto 360 is for that), but definitely something I'd wear while being active.

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Now we're getting somewhere. Still out of my price range but the designs are looking better.

16. justReLaxx

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

Very nice this might be the one

17. TrevorB1

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

If I was given one for free I would wear it. I would still choose the S2 though..

18. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Looks like a great watch that i wouldnt have to worry about compared to my G-Watch R . Id still way rather a Gear S2 classic though !!!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.