LG Officially Unveils the G Watch R, Its Circular-faced Smartwatch
LG has finally unveiled its new smartwatch which the company earlier teased through a short video.
Dubbed as the G Watch R, the new smartwatch looks to be going for a more stylish approach compared to the company’s first Android Wear toting smartwatch, the original G Watch. The G Watch R features a more traditional and classic watch design with a round face with the device’s screen surround with a stainless steel frame, a circular knob or button on the side, and a 22mm flexible interchangeable wrist band. The G Watch R is also IP67 certified for water and dust resistance which is becoming somewhat standard for smartwatches these days
The G Watch R’s face features a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED (P-OLED) circular display that, the company boasts, utilizes the full 360-degrees of screen real-estate the smartwatch has. This is an aspect of the device that takes a jab at competitor Motorola’s Moto 360 which is also equipped with a circular face but doesn’t use all of its circular screen’s real-estate (it has an unused black bar at the bottom of the screen). Additionally, the G Watch R’s resolution is 320 x 320 pixels.
On the inside, the G Watch R is equipped with a pretty powerful 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. It also has a 410mAh battery which gives it an estimated battery life of 1 day. And like its predecessor, the G Watch R also runs on Google’s wearable-centric operating system, Android Wear.
“What we’ve noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is a category that can’t be compared to smartphones and tablets,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Wearables are also accessories and consumers will want more than one to choose from. So we wanted to complement the modern design of the original G Watch with the classic look of the G Watch R. Customers can’t go wrong with either device.”
LG has announced that the G Watch R should start shipping sometime in late October or Early November but they said they aren’t ready to unveil the price of the new smartwatch but did disclose that the cost of the G Watch R will vary depending on the market.