Spanish fan site Zona Casio discovered a new wireless device registration in Indonesia for a “GSW-H1000,” and other FCC ID sites appear to confirm that the GSW-H1000 is a real thing. The GSR-H1000, which we previously reported on, is also listed on that site (see below). The GSW-H1000 is listed as “Smart Watch,” while the GSR-H1000 and other G-Shock watches are listed as “Watch.” This appears to confirm that the GSW-H1000, and not the GSR-H1000, is actually the upcoming G-Shock smartwatch that Casio management has spoken about, which was originally planned for late 2020.
It now seems very possible that the GSW-H1000 will launch in early 2021, and that is what Zona Casio predicts. That would be the most strategically optimal time to release it, as it would put it in consumers’ minds before other competing products in 2021, and worldwide distribution could be completed by summer. (The first Casio Pro Trek WSD-F10 smartwatch was announced in January 2016 and launched in March, so it is very plausible that the GSW-H1000 could launch at the same time of year.)
In addition to not knowing anything about the GSW-H1000, other than that it is a smartwatch with a heartrate monitor, this development now also leaves us with the question of what the GSR-H1000 is. If not a full-fledged smartwatch like the GSW-H1000 is expected to be, it is most likely another MIP LCD model like the GBD-H1000. Does the “GS” in the prefix mean that it is also a G-SMART model? And what does the “R” in “GSR” signify? One thing is certain: 2021 will be another interesting year for G-Shock.
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