Nixon Mission smartwatch debuts as rugged new Android Wear model
Has wearable tech buzz already started cooling down? While the past two years brought us no shortage of new smartwatch options, this year’s crop of trade shows has so far left us little to be excited about. And back at CES in January, the only model that really grabbed our attention was the new Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch: a rugged model that really didn’t look that much different from a standard digital watch for active users – while packing all the power of Android Wear. Now we’re wondering if such rugged designs might just be the hot smartwatches to get this year as Nixon comes out with its own Mission Android Wear model.
The Nixon Mission is a bit chunky, sure, but its big 48mm polycarbonate case doesn’t look particularly out of place on a watch built to withstand the elements. It should do so with particular aplomb, doubling the water-resistance rating of Casio’s model to an impressive 100 meters.
It also features Gorilla Glass to protect the circular screen, with a raised steel bezel further shielding the Mission’s face from damage.
Inside you’ll find one of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 2100 chips powering the smartwatch, one of the company’s next-generation SoCs built specifically for wearable devices.
That all sounds pretty promising, but right now a few critical details are still missing: battery life and pricing. We’re expecting Nixon to reveal those as it gets closer to Mission’s ultimate ship date, which should be falling later this year.