Casio has launched a brand new G-Shock GSQUAD GBD-H1000, and it’s received Garmin in its sights with a giant deal with health.
Unlike earlier efforts from the G-Shock vary, it’s a real health energy home.
On board is GPS (together with GLONASS help which boosts accuracy and connection velocity), a coronary heart charge monitor in addition to altitude/barometric strain, compass, temperature and acceleration sensors.
As you’d anticipate from a G-Shock it’s all about toughness, so there’s 200 metres of water resistance simply to take it to the likes of Garmin’s sports activities watches, which largely characteristic 50 metres, and have a handful that max out at 100 metres water resistance.
G-SHOCK GBD-H1000: Heart charge and smarts
The Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 boasts an optical coronary heart charge sensor, though we’re undecided (but) which firm’s expertise they’ve introduced on board.
And the options don’t finish there. The G-Shock GBD-H1000 will estimate VO2 Max by mixing knowledge from the guts charge and GPS. And we have had phrase that Firstbeat is handling the advanced metrics, which is nice information. Firstbeat powers Garmin and Amazfit coronary heart charge variability, so Casio’s knowledge is in good arms.
Analysing HRV permits for a loopy quantity of post-workout knowledge corresponding to cardio and anaerobic coaching impact are measured from out of doors exercises. This estimates how onerous you labored out and the profit to your fitnrss, which can be represented by an ever-changing VO2 Max estimate. These are staples of superior Garmins such because the Fenix 6 and Forerunner 945.
On prime of that knowledge you may get Training Load, Training Status and race predictor data.
During a session you possibly can set goal coronary heart charge zones, which can seem on display. You’ll in fact get a reside coronary heart charge readout as nicely.
G-SHOCK GBD-H1000: Battery life and photo voltaic
Then there’s the battery life. 14 hours of GPS monitoring is the said longevity, which places it up with midrange Garmins.
That’s pretty spectacular, though given it weighs in at 101g roughly – the Fenix 6 is 83g – there’s a slight mismatch. However, for those who simply use it as a watch with out getting GPS, you will get a yr of battery life in response to Casio.
Like Garmin gadgets it utilises an LCD Memory In Pixel (MIP) display expertise, which avoids sapping the battery with snazzy visuals.
It’s backlit, and will robotically gentle up whenever you twist your wrist.
And the H1000 borrows one other superior Garmin Fenix 6 characteristic it is photo voltaic powered, to complement its battery utilizing nature’s charger. That will hold the time mode going so long as it will get 2 hours of sunshine, or eight hours below florescent lighting – which must be simply do-able simply by sporting.
Of course, if you need the total 14 hours of GPS cost you may have to energy by way of the USB charger, and 2.5 hours will provide you with a full battery.
And that’s the very fact in regards to the G-Shock GBD-H1000. It’s a giant piece of watch – however then from the purveyors of the big Pro-Trek and 30 years of G-Shock earlier than that – is it any shock?
G-SHOCK GBD-H1000: Price and launch date
There will likely be a number of colorways – as above. Black, black/white, crimson and black/crimson.
There are a number of factors we’re undecided about right here. The first is worth. We’ve seen confirmed UK worth of £379 and a Japanese worth of 50,000 yen – which suggests we would anticipate it to be round $420 USD. But we have not seen an official US worth but.
The Garmin Fenix is the lazy comparability which begins at round $500, so the G-Shock stacks up fairly nicely. However, the Fenix has various superior sports activities monitoring and energy consumption modes that allow it to go in extra of 40 hours – so perhaps the Garmin Instinct or Forerunner 945 is a fairer comparability.
Then there’s launch date: we’re seeing 24 April in terns of availability.
G-SHOCK GBD-H1000: Questions
The first is the OS. We’re assuming there’s a customized Casio OS doing the lifting right here – a departure from Wear OS which runs on the Casio Pro-Trek collection. That’s in all probability a very good factor, as Wear OS instantly nullifies battery life which appears to be a key a part of the H1000.
The subsequent query mark is over the app. It’s all nicely and good having a GPS, VO2 Max studying wearable – however provided that the app is as much as scratch. More on that as we get it.
This story was up to date to incorporate affirmation that Firstbeat was behind the guts charge and VO2 Max algorithms, and extra element on options.