Image source: Casio

Casio announces a cheaper version of its WSD-F20 watch for hikers

Casio has announced a less expensive version of the ultra-rugged Pro Trek WSD-F20 it launched this time last year.

Even though technical specs are the same, the WSD-F20A comes with a more reasonable $100 lower price tag. The reason for the price difference is that on this version the side buttons don’t have grips for easier use and the buckle isn’t stainless steel. Mind you, the timepiece still meets standards prescribed by the MIL-STD-810G durability test. This means it will be fine if you drop it, and should have no problem surviving even the toughest of outdoor conditions.

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A great timepiece for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, the watch has built-in low power GPS, an accelerometer, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, digital compass and more. No heart rate sensor, though.

But what makes the device really special is its ability to offer full colour offline mapping and guidance, making it ideal for those venturing where cellular service is unavailable. The smartwatch also integrates with nine major app companies, including ViewRanger, Fishbrain and Hole19.

Casio announces a more affordable version of its WSD-F20 smartwatch
Image source: Casio

Powered by the Wear OS by Google operating system the WSD-F20A is water resistant down to 50 meters. Battery life is the same as on the WSD-F20. This means the timepiece will run for about a day with GPS switched on and a month in pure “timekeeping” mode.

The latest watch in the Pro Trek series comes clothed in an Indigo Blue color scheme. It will be available for $399 starting on the 1st of May.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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