LG Rolls Out The G Watch R, A Round-Faced Android Rocking Smart Timepiece

Rather than leave its hardware partners floundering in wearable waters to fend for themselves, Google threw them a lifeline in the form of Android Wear, a viable platform for the smartwatch movement that phone makers seem so eager to chase. It's still early in the game, but we're seeing some interesting smartwatches emerge, such as LG's new G Watch R.

The LG G Watch R is billed as the world's first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display that utilizes 100 percent of its watch face. It measures 1.3 inches and is viewable under bright sunlight with superb clarity from any angle, LG says.

LG G Watch R Sideways

"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 G Watch R Motorcycle

A 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor makes the G Watch R tick. It also features 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, built-in heart rate monitor, various other sensors, 410mAh battery, and of course Android Wear. It's also water resistant -- LG says it can survive up to 30 minutes in one meter of water.

The LG G Watch R will be available in "key markets" sometime early in the fourth quarter of 2014. LG will release pricing info at a later date.
Via:  LG
sevags 3 months ago

Well the fact that it uses 100% of the face as a screen unlike the Moto watch gives this a leg up against the competition. The plastic body loses it some credibility. Overall all these smart watches will fail, in the case of the upcoming Apple smart watch; ifail.

Dave_HH 3 months ago

I want one. This thing looks sharp.

altshep123 3 months ago

This is the first watch/bracelet wearable I've come across that I would seriously consider wearing. Some of the other options look a bit too futuristic for my tastes. This one is damn elegant.

@sevags: This is a new technology. I can see these early models not taking off immediately, but the moment a model taps into the right convenience they are going to become as ubiquitous as iPod's were. Maybe it's not media or biometrics, but I can think of a few fun applications in security, convenience and medicine that aren't immediately overlapped by smart phones.

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