Casio’s new G-Squad Pro is a sports smartwatch that looks like a classic G-Shock device but is packed with powerful hardware and runs Google’s Wear OS – if you can afford it.
On-board GPS, a compass, altimeter, gyroscope and accelerometer are all accounted for, alongside an optical heart rate sensor. The screen has an interesting hybrid design, with a classic G-Shock style monochrome layer, plus a color layer for displaying workout and app info.
It’s very stiff, as you would expect from a G-Shock watch, with titanium case backs and titanium carbide finishes to prevent scuffs and corrosion. It is 200 meters water resistant (impressive as most smartwatches are only rated as 50 meters) which makes it suitable not only for swimming, but also for water sports like surfing.
Casio has not yet confirmed a release date for the G-Squad Pro (you can sign up for an email update if it becomes available), but we do know that it will cost £599 (approximately £830 / AU$1000) at launch.