September 26, 2014
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Update: It’s likely that the mystery watch is actually the LG Kizon, announced earlier this year. The Kizon is a kids-focused device that can make phone calls, hence the 3G feature.

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The LG G Watch R, pictured above, is a rather swish looking circular smartwatch, but it might not be the only watch that LG releases in the next few months. A 3G capable LG smartwatch has just been spotted passing through the FCC.

The new LG watch is listed with the model numbers VC100 and VC100P. While sadly the FFC listing does not give too much away about the looks or hardware of new devices, we can see from the documents that the device is CDMA equipped, meaning that it can connect up to 3G networks.

But LG isn’t the first with a network ready watch. Samsung recently unveiled its curved, SIM-equipped Gear S smartwatch with similar 3G capabilities.

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Other than that, the body of the watch, that excludes strap lengths, comes in at 57.7 x 35.5 mm. This suggests that the device will be rectangular, more like the original G Watch, rather than circular like the G Watch R. Otherwise we would expect to see measurements given as a diameter. This also makes the LG 3G watch slightly smaller than the Gear S.

The model number hints that this smartwatch could be heading for Verizon’s network in the US, and possibly Sprint as well.

With LG and Samsung both opening the door to more autonomous smartwatches, we might expect other smartwatch players announce plans for similar 3G devices in the near future. Do you think that network connectivity is the feature most needed to make smartwatches take off? Or is this just another gimmick?

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
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