Rather than wait until the IFA trade show in Berlin next week, LG has decided to shed some light on its upcoming G Watch R by detailing its specs. This is nothing new for the Korean company as it has been showing off products before their official launch all year. The G Watch R is LG’s first round faced wearable and could be the first such smartwatch to hit the market.
LG is boasting that the G Watch R is “the world’s first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display and utilizes 100 percent of its watch face.” That is a definite knock at Motorola’s Moto 360, the original round faced wearable that has a black bar at the bottom that stops it being 100% round (or should that be 360?). The G Watch R sports a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 paired with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. Also added to the mix is a 410mAh battery and IP67 waterproofing that lets the watch function in up to one meter depths and from 30 minutes. Of course, the G Watch R will come running Google’s Android Wear platform and will have many of the standards we have to expect with smartwatches. That includes voice recognition, a heart rate monitor, and notifications for missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts. LG has also included a number of its own fitness and health apps, as is the norm with wearable products. Of course, the biggest talking point about the G Watch R is its circular design, making it one of only two (the Moto 360 the other) to offer this classic watch look. LG says the device is encased in stainless steel and has interchangeable 22mm calfskin leather straps. Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications explained why the company is introducing a new smartwatch just two months after rolling out the original G Watch. “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.”