18 April 2018
After a long time of interval, we are hearing from Casio about a new tough watch in the G-Shock series. The company announced two new G-Shock RANGEMAN watches at the CES 2018 tech show held in Las Vegas. The devices under base model GPR B-1000 is said to be World's First Solar-Assisted GPS Navigation.
RANGEMAN series watches comes with a Triple sensor for measuring compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature. They are designed for use under most extreme conditions. The latest addition to the line, GPR B-1000 is also a tough watch with the ability to collect location data from GPS satellites in real-time.
Point data including latitude and longitude, altitude, and temperature can be saved in GPR B-1000's memory. It is also connected to the G-SHOCK app via Bluetooth pairing with a smartphone. The G-SHOCK app can be used to display the tracks and point data stored in the watch to a 3D map or a timeline. It is also connected to time servers in order to keep accurate time.
The GPR B-1000 is backed by a dual charging system consisting of wireless and solar charging. On a wireless charge of five hours, it can provide GPS navigation service for 33 hours. If the device runs out of power, it can be charged by means of Solar cells. Solar charging keeps the time displayed all the time and offers 1 hour GPS function on 4 hours of charging in 50,000 lux.
Design-wise, it is one of the toughest watches in the G-SHOCK series. It is built with dust- and dirt-proof, mud-resistant construction, low-temperature resistance down to -20°C (-4°F), a carbon fiber insert band, and sapphire crystal to ensure survival at extreme harsh conditions. Apart from that, the device is waterproof down to 200 meters and sports a ceramic case back.
Casio announced two new watches under GPR B-1000, modeled GPRB1000-1 and GPRB1000-2. Both watches will hit the markets in April this year, for a price tag of $800.