• G'zOne TYPE-L 'G-Shock' rugged Android smartphone released 2013

    Casio (in conjuntion with NEC) are set to release the G'zOne TYPE-L G-Shock styled smartphone in Japan early next year. Following Casio showing a G-Shock smartphone prototype at CES 2012 earlier this year we were hoping this would see a release, however it looks like many of the features of the prototype have been carried over to the G'zOne Type-L. Lack of G-Shock branding aside the new G'zOne has a solid spec and looks to be a great choice for someone after a rugged Android smartphone.

    The specification is as follows
    *Android 4.0 OS
    *Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 1.5GHz dual core CPU
    *1GB RAM
    *8GB storage expandable vis Micro SD
    *4G LTE capable
    *Gorilla Glass 2 screen
    *WVGA screen 400x800
    *8MP camera
    *Available in red and black
    *1800 mAh battery giving 630 minutes talk time
    *Dustproof to IPX5
    *Waterproof to IPX5 / 8 (static water resistance of 1.5m for 30 minutes)
    *Shock resistant construction to US military standard MIL-STD-810G (drop of 1.2m onto wood)
    *Five sensors on board - Barometer, thermometer, acceleromter, orientation sensor and gyro sensor.
    *Cutsom G'zOne / G-shock widgets such as tide graph
    *Compatible with the GB-6900 / GB-5600 line of Bluetooth enabled G-Shocks.
    *Dimensions : 69 x 134 x 14.7 mm
    *Weight : 181 g

    An interesting specification, performance wise it's a way off the class leaders such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII but on paper is a solid performer nonetheless. The initial release is in Japan next year (expected Feb '13) on the KDDI network, cost will be 30,000 Yen, approx USD$375 / GBP235 / 290 - we're unclear if this is price on a contract or handset only. We'd hope to see this released in the US, possibly mid 2013. Previous G'zOne rugged phones haven't seen a worldwide sim free release - we hope Casio change their minds for this one.

    Lots more images below

    Thanks to Gapsis.jp and Casio Japan for the news.
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