The new WSD-F20 follows on from 2016’s WSD-F10 and is Casio’s second venture into the world of Smart watches, and quite a venture it is too.
The big news about the new watch, which is currently wowing audiences at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, is that it is equipped with low-power GPS and color map functionality that can be used offline, thereby significantly improving its usability as a standalone wrist device. It supports a wide range of outdoor and water activities that can be used in areas without cellular service, freeing up users to fully enjoy their adventures.
The WSD-F20 is one of the first smartwatches to run on Google Android 2.0 as its operating system. It features new richly-designed and easy-to-read map data from Mapbox, which can be used worldwide. Maps can be downloaded in advance to the WSD-F20 and used with GPS data to track the user’s location, even when offline. The new Location Memory app enables users to customize maps by adding markers and text, so that they can revisit otherwise unmarked spots such as a great viewpoint on a hike or a good fishing spot.
In terms of design, button guards, a protective bezel, and side buttons of varying sizes enhance operability and toughness and, unlike the WSD-F10, is now badged as part of the Pro Trek family.
Hands free, the WSD-F20 enables quick access to information during activities, such as trekking, cycling, fishing, winter sports, and watersports. The WSD-F20 is positioned in the PRO TREK Smart series, the latest addition to the PRO TREK brand of outdoor watches by Casio that are designed for total appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. It will be available in orange/black.
Main Features of the WSD-F20
Original outdoor apps utilize low-power GPS while color maps can be downloaded for offline use
The WSD-F20 is equipped with low-power GPS to track the user’s current location without depending on a smartphone. It also features color map functionality that can be used without any kind of cellular or internet connection, simply by downloading the maps in advance. Casio has developed various original apps that make the most of these two functions in the outdoors, allowing users to track their location on a map or add notes to a map.
This app instantly reads the user’s current location, and is directly accessed by pressing a side button. In addition to recording the path traveled, users can make a mark or use speech recognition* to add notes to otherwise unmarked map spots, such as a great viewpoint on a hike or a sweet fishing spot. Navigation and Reminder functions are useful when revisiting a location that has been noted on a map. The user can also choose from a variety of map designs based on what they are doing and what they are using the maps for.
*Speech recognition cannot be used without cellular service on a smartphone.
The Activity app displays real-time measurement data and has special functions for activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing, and snow and paddle sports. Now significantly upgraded, the app can use GPS data and color maps in the Hiking function to record the path traveled on a map, while also showing the course and maximum speed of each run in the Snow function.
This app alerts the user to important moments while they are hiking, cycling, fishing, or enjoying snow or paddle sports. The user sets conditions to automatically receive important alerts, such as best fishing times, rest break intervals, and sunrise/sunset times.
TOOL app measures various kinds of data to track environmental changes and show user activity levels
The WSD-F20 comes with an original app that measures and displays essential information for outdoor activities and sports using a pressure sensor, compass, and accelerometer. The app provides real-time information about changes in the natural environment and the user’s activity levels, such as compass direction, altitude and air pressure, sunrise and sunset times, tide graphs, and activity graphs.
Proprietary dual-layer LCD comes with power conservation mode
The WSD-F20 features the same style of dual-layer monochrome and color LCD that was so well-received in the WSD-F10. The monochrome LCD shows the time while the color LCD shows maps, measurement data, and apps. The watch can switch on both LCDs, or just the monochrome LCD, to ensure optimum visibility in all situations and conserve power when spending long hours in the outdoors.
Interchangeable Original watch face designs enhance appeal
Location and Traveler are new watch face designs that utilize GPS functions and map data. Location highlights GPS and map functions with sophisticated animations on the map display. Traveler enables the user to switch the type of information displayed in the window in the lower part of the watch face, and to launch the corresponding app just by tapping the watch face. Not only these two, the watch comes pre-installed with various faces to choose from for outdoor or everyday use, and even more watch face designs can be downloaded and added from the Google Play store.
Water resistant to 50 meters
The watch is water resistant to 50 meters yet equipped with a water-resistant audio mic, for everyday use as well as in rain and even during water activities such as kayaking. The touchscreen features a new anti-fouling coating to resist stains from fingerprints.
Built to military standard specifications
The WSD-F20 has been tested to United States military standard MIL-STD-810 issued by the U.S. Department of Defense to perform in the rugged outdoors. Meets testing requirements under various environmental conditions including shock and vibration.
Additional apps enhance the outdoors experience
CASIO Moment Link location-based communication app
Not to be confused with Moment Setter, this app displays the current location of group members on a color map, enabling users to exchange text messages, so, for example, you can connect to other people in your group who also have a Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20. However, Casio Moment Link does require both GPS connectivity and mobile data.
Retail price for the WSD-F20-RG (orange) and WSD-F20-BK (black) is expected to be around $500 and the watch is set to launch April 21, 2017.