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The Nixon Mission is an Android Wear-powered smartwatch that can brave the elements

Nixon has just unveiled the Mission, the company's first Android Wear-powered smartwatch.

Published onMarch 16, 2016

Nixon Mission Android Wear

There are already a few sporty Android Wear smartwatches out there, like the Moto 360 Sport and the Casio WSD-F10. While the Moto 360 Sport is geared towards runners and the Casio is meant for folks who have a love for the great outdoors, a new Android Wear offering from Nixon is for users who have a more active outdoor lifestyle.

Sporting a circular AMOLED display, the Nixon Mission is built tough. The most standout feature on this watch is actually its ability to withstand the elements, thanks to its 10-ATM water resistance rating. This means it can survive in depths of up to 100 meters. For comparison, the Casio WSD-F10 features water resistance of up to 50 meters. The Mission also features a durable 48mm polycarbonate casing and a 316L surgical grade bezel made of stainless steel to help with durability.

Not only is the Mission safe for use in water, it’s also being geared towards skiers and snowboarders. It comes with a few preloaded applications – Surfline, Snocountry and Trace – which will be able to track these extreme sports.

Additionally, Nixon is taking sort of a Moto Maker approach to the Mission. You’ll be able to choose from up to 15 different bezel types and more than 20 different watch bands. You can even get a custom engraving on the back of the watch casing. The Mission can also sport different watch faces that mimic the look of a few other popular Nixon watches, like the 51-30, The Sentry, The Ranger, The Player and The Unit.

Under the hood the Nixon Mission comes with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, which is built specifically for wearables. This is one of the first Android Wear devices to sport the new chip. There’s no word on the battery info as of yet, but Nixon says the watch will benefit from the chip’s battery saving capabilities.

The watch is slated to ship sometime later this year for around $400.

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