Casio is unveiling its upcoming 3rd-generation Smartwatch named Pro Trek WSD-F30 at Press Conference at IFA 2018 Tech Expo – an event - which is ready to shine on August 31 in Berlin in Germany. Quite identical to its predecessor “WSD-F20” Pro Trek WSD-F30 is going to be backed by a 50-meter water-resistant and MIL-STD-810G. Moreover, it will be powered by Google Wear OS (operating system) and will house GPS including Michibiki and GLONASS. Other highlights of Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 are related to plentiful sensors (Compass, Gyrometer, Accelerometer, Barometer and Pressure Sensor with Altimeter), and a Dual-layer screen with 1.2-inches color Touch OLED display alongside power-saving monochrome LCD display.
The entrance of Rugged Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 in Australia is up in the air and how much will it set users back is also something we’re not so sure, for now.
Here we’ve listed down updated Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 Specifications ahead of its official launch. Consider these as a pinch of salt as we will make we come back again with a full hands-on review after it’s on sale in Australia.
As mentioned above, it’s too prompt to discuss its availability and price in Australia. However, we’ve done our best and added our educated guess to give users almost accurate details.
The company is yet to be announced its official Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 release date in Australia, whereas final pricing could be declared before 2018 is out as its shipments are slated to start off in January 2019.
As of now, it’s most likely that Rugged Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 Price in Australia will be around AU$800-890. A predecessor Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20, though caped out at AU$650. Obviously, a little hike in price is expected.
The WSD-F30 looks pretty impressive especially in orange and black but being a Smartwatch, Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 is remarkably decorated with buttons. Three buttons are holding their positions on the right-hand edge and a single on the left-hand edge adding to the screen’s touch capabilities. Personally speaking, all these add a needless layer of difficulty but undeniably it is lightweight and slimmer as compared to its predecessor at 53.8mm wide, 14.9mm thick and 60.5mm high. Altogether, making it an extraordinary and modern Smartwatch with 3.9mm narrower, 1.2mm shorter and 0.4mm slimmer over WSD-F20.
Perhaps you’re not familiar with Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro but dual-layer display in WSD-F30 sounds similar to it. It teams a full-colour 1.2-inches gorgeous screen with a maximum resolution of 390 x 390 pixel OLED with highly efficient but old-style Monochrome LCD. Does old-style sound strange? Consider it as “Old is Gold”. This configuration means it can do dual duty as a well-developed smart wearable when you need it otherwise it remains as a basic digital watch, shows only a couple of other bits of data and time. The idea is that, where normally smartwatches house a battery life of a single day or two. With Pro Trek WSD-F30, you can charm up almost a month on a single charge.
That’s exactly the idea behind Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro but Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 comes with 3 different modes of use and here is where it differs. In regular mode, you’ll get all Smartwatch functions with full-colour screen automatically engaging when you raise your wrist. If such mode remains on, it’ll drain fast and will need charging after only a single day.
The other mode is named “Multi-Timepiece Mode” in which Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 displays only a Monochrome LCD part and lasts almost a month on a single charge. You won’t see only a time but you can tap into Compass and Barometric Altimeter sensor to see your direction of travel, current atmospheric pressure as well as altitude above sea level.
The 3rd and last mode are “Extend Mode” which not only shows Monochrome LCD plenty of times and limits its features but rather enables users to call up online or offline maps and use GPS while pressing on Map button. The Casio Pro Trek will start running out of battery after 3 days in this mode.
Everything above sounds lovely and pretty impressive as with old Casio Pro Trek Smartwatches, WSD-F30 is rugged, designed to resist the rigours of US Military MIL-STD-810 G testing procedure. The device runs on Android Wear 2, means fully up-to-date with the very latest wearable standards and it’s water resistant to 50 meters.
There are quite a lot of less-impressed features, on the other hand, you won’t feel comfortable with, such as plastic straps which are hard, shiny and finished in a rather unpleasant, fake carbon fiber texture. Despite it is good for durability and will not feel specifically bad when strapping it on your wrist.
Inside it, there is one other caveat and frankly it’s quite a big one. The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 doesn’t land with heart rate monitor which is, of course, a major disappointment in any modern Smartwatch let along one which is aimed so resolutely at an outdoor sports market.
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