We’ve got rugged, outdoor-friendly smartwatches on the mind this week, having just seen the Nixon Mission launch with its impressive water-resistance rating and all-new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. We couldn’t help but draw comparisons between that model and Casio’s own rugged WSD-F10, which launched back at CES in January. While we’re still waiting for full details on how and when you’ll actually be able to buy that Nixon watch, today we get an update about retail availability for Casio’s model, as the company announces the pending start of US sales.

When Casio first introduced the WSD-F10, we heard that it would sell for $500, with availability beginning in early April. As it turns out, Casio’s not going to wait quite so long to make the smartwatch available, and US retail sales will get started a week from Friday, on March 25.

While that date’s new, the watch’s pricing remains unchanged, and you’ll still have to pull together $500 to take the WSD-F10 home, making it one of the pricier options in the Android Wear space. Of course, the Casio watch has a number of features you won’t find on a more basic Android Wear model, and beyond its rugged construction, you’ll find things like its “Timepiece Mode,” which uses a low-power monochrome LCD to display the date and time just like a regular wristwatch – all while saving battery life for when you need it for smartwatch functions.

Sales will open on March 25 in both nationwide retail locations, as well as a number of online destinations.

Source: Casio

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