Casio's next G-Shock rugged watch, dubbed the GBA-400, will feature SoundHound integration so that you don't have to look at your smartphone to identify a particular song. The music discovery service is baked into the watch's companion G'MIX app and transmits track information directly onto the LCD display of the watch via Bluetooth.
In addition to music discovery, the GBA-400 comes with the usual bevy of features that Casio has introduced in its smart watches of late, which include text message notifications, music controls on the bezel and the ability to sync alarms from a connected smartphone. Other features of the watch include water resistance up to 20 ATM, Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity and a claimed battery life of two years, although Casio mentions that it can only be achieved by syncing with a smartphone for just two hours a day.
The GBA-400 will be launching September 19 in Japan, and will set users back 23,000 yen (around $225) before taxes. If color coordination is your thing, fret not, as the watch comes in four color combinations — Black/Silver, Black/Gold, Blue/Silver and Red/Silver.
Casio's take on what features a smartwatch should offer is interesting, although the G-Shock does not exactly scream chic. What do you guys think of the idea?