Casio G-Shock MR-G Smartwatch Certified By FCC As MRG-G2000

The Casio G-Shock MR-G smartwatch bearing the model number MRG-G2000 has been certified by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month, a set of filings published on the agency's website revealed. Casio originally announced the G-Shock series at Baselworld 2017 in late March, stating that the series will debut with the MRG-G2000HT-1A, a limited edition of the wearable that's set to be manufactured in only 500 units. While the company made no particular announcements regarding other, more accessible members of the series, the model number of the newly certified wearable seemingly suggests that the Japanese watch manufacturer has at least one such variant in the works.

The MRG-G2000HT-1A is said to boast Casio's 3-Way Time Sync functionality that debuted on the G-Shock GPW-2000 Gravitymaster lineup and allows users to benefit from automatic time zone switching that's based on GPS, Bluetooth, and Multi-Band 6 radio waves, as well as a standard connection to a smartphone. The device features a titanium body and band, both of which were hardened using the latest manufacturing techniques, Casio previously said. The face of the watch is protected with a layer of sapphire crystal glass enhanced with non-reflective coating, while the device itself is resistant to shock and can be submerged in up to 200 meters (656 feet) of water. Finally, the Tokyo-based consumer electronics manufacturer recently said that the MRG-G2000HT-1A will boast standard magnetic resistance. The luxurious member of the G-Shock MR-G lineup is currently slated to be released stateside this September, priced at $7,400.

The variant of the device certified by the FCC earlier this week is likely a more accessible model with a less premium design, though its internal components shouldn't significantly differ from the wearable described above. One of the documents published by the FCC reveals that the Japanese company actually changed the appearance and model name of the device between April 18 — when it initially filed for certification with the FCC — and April 26, though no details on the matter are currently available. Regardless, as the G-Shock MRG-G2000 series draws closer to its U.S. release, more information about Casio's latest devices will likely be revealed in the coming months.

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