Casio WSD-F20 Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatch Announced

Casio WSD-F20 Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatch Announced

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Additionally, the WSD-F20 is able to track a bunch of new activities as well as giving the user the option to download online or offline color maps. Pricing was not announced, but the F10 retails for $499.

Casio's first Android Wear smartwatch was arguably the highlight of a down year for Google's wearable platform, and now the watchmaker is kicking off 2017 in similar fashion. Both watches feature the same 50-meter water resistance and military-grade MIL-STD-810G compliance to protect against drops and shocks, as well as the dual-layer display structure for improved visibility and battery life.

Last year, Casio launched the WSD-F10 as its first Android Wear-powered smartwatch.

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With the WSD-F10 last CES, Casio started the wave of rugged smartwatches running Android Wear.

The new WSD-F20 makes a few cosmetic changes to the original version, but still sticks to the big brash styling, leaving you in no doubt just how much abuse this watch can take. The new model retains a lot of the features of the previous WSD-F10 but adds GSP functionality. This lets group members see each other's locations on color maps so they never get lost, and users can send text messages between members who are wearing the same watch. With a newly included Location Memory application, this allows you to customize your map with markers without needing to worry about having a data connection. You'll be able to download color maps in advance, and the integrated Global Positioning System will track your location, even when offline.

Casio's WSD-F20 smartwatch will be available for purchase on April 21. Interested parties can pick it up in orange or black for $500 a pop, which is quite expensive.

  • Kyle Warner