LG announced today that its new G Watch R is going to be launching during the beginning of November in select markets, including France, Italy, Spain and the UK. The company plans to introduce its new round smartwatch to additional territories like Asia and North America soon after, but it didn’t give an exact time. After much speculation, LG unveiled the G Watch R last month during IFA in Berlin, allowing us to get a little time with its new smartwatch.
The South Korean electronics maker’s new timepiece features hardware similar to its square-shaped predecessor, however it looks more like a traditional wristwatch.
It’s loaded with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 4GB of storage space, 512MB of RAM, and a 410mAh battery. The big difference is that the Android Wear-powered G Watch R features a round 1.3-inch 320 x 320 P-OLED display and a heart rate monitoring sensor. LG still hasn’t announced a price point for its new watch, only saying that it will share such information at the time of launch. However, the LG G Watch currently goes for $229 and retailers like Clove are listing the G Watch R for £187.49 (about $300.63), so it’s likely that it’ll cost a little more than the company’s current offering.
LG G WATCH R, NEW BENCHMARK FOR WEARABLES, BEGINS GLOBAL ROLLOUT
SEOUL, Oct. 24, 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) announced today that its newest Android wearable, LG G Watch R, will be available for purchase at retail sites throughout Europe including countries such as France, Italy, Spain and the UK in the beginning of November, followed by key markets in North America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) soon after. Customers in select markets will also be able to purchase G Watch R on Google Play in the weeks ahead.
The LG G Watch R made its world debut at IFA 2014 to much interest and with its stylish looks and smooth, speedy performance, became one of the show’s most mentioned new products. The world’s first watch-style wearable to feature a fully circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, the G Watch R was inspired by classical and premium timepieces. The 1.3-inch circular P-OLED display takes advantage of every pixel, producing images with stunning color and accurate viewing at all angles even under bright sunlight.
Designed and built to last, the LG G Watch R features a classic design encased in durable stainless steel and aluminum powered by a 410mAh battery, the largest in an Android Wearable to date. Like the original LG G Watch, the G Watch R delivers optimal performance through its powerful but efficient 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. With an Ingress Protection rating of IP67, the device is completely protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one meter. The G Watch R, designed with personalization in mind, is compatible with any 22mm wide watch strap.
The LG G Watch R offers six new pre-loaded watch faces and improved power savings in ambient mode. The update to Android WearTM OS will add even more features and functionality to G Watch R such as offline music playback. Updates will be performed seamlessly through the smartphone with the owner’s permission.
“While the original G Watch was designed to be a no-nonsense, pure Android Wear device, the G Watch R was developed with a more aesthetic eye,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The G Watch R represents LG’s commitment to meld form and functionality together in perfect harmony and to create a device that not only looks great but more importantly, offers technology that makes life more convenient.”
Prices and additional purchase details will be announced locally at time of availability. For more product images and videos, please visit www.lg.com/global/gwatch/r.
￭ Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
￭ Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
￭ Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
￭ Battery: 410mAh
￭ Operating System: Android Wear™
(compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
￭ Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
PPG (Heart Rate Monitor)
￭ Color: Black
￭ Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)