LG announces a new smartwatch and this time it’s round
LG recently launched one of the first Android Wear smartwatches and already the company has announced another, but there’s one key difference, as while its first watch the LG G Watch had a rectangular display, the new G Watch R has a circular face.
Given the amount of hype around the Moto 360 that’s clearly an important feature for customers, many of whom understandably want their watch to look like a watch.
But the G Watch R has more than just that going for it. With a 1.3-inch 320 x 320 plastic OLED display it should be able to deliver crisp visuals and LG boasts that it’s easy to see at any angle and even in direct sunlight.
That display also fills the whole circle of the watch face, which is worth mentioning because the Moto 360 has a blank area at the bottom which is used to house the display components. Instead LG has presumably put them in the large circular bezel surrounding the screen. It’s debatable whether a larger bezel is a better solution or not but it’s certainly different and should appeal to anyone put off by the not quite circular display on the Moto 360.
The G Watch R looks every bit as premium as its rival too, thanks to a stainless steel frame and a leather strap. So it ticks all the right boxes for looks and should have a good screen.
Other than that it’s a fairly standard smartwatch. It has a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 410 mAh battery and runs Android Wear. It’s also IP67 certified dust and water resistant and includes a built in heart rate monitor.
It certainly sounds good and we should soon find out whether it lives up to its billing, as the LG G Watch R will be making an appearance at IFA 2014 and will then launch early in the fourth quarter, with prices to be announced nearer to the time.
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