LG G Watch R first look

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 4, 2014

While the LG G Watch had a design that was very simplistic and felt more akin to other earlier smartwatch designs, the new G Watch R holds a design that much more closely mimics a traditional sports watch, complete with a chronograph. Earlier today we were able to get a little time with the watch at IFA, and we have to say this is very much a step up from what LG brought us with their first Android Wear offering.

One thing you’ll notice about the watch is that, while it comes with a nice looking leather band, you can actually use just about any band out there, since the G Watch R uses a standard 22mm watch band size. LG also has a few official bands such as leather, rubber, metallic and fabric.

Another major stand-out feature is the watch faces found on the G Watch R. LG is including a number of different watch faces, allowing you to find the one that best matches what you’re looking for. There are roughly 20 faces including fitness, hiking, world clock and moon phase.


  • 1.3-inch POLED display with resolution of 320×320, 245PPI
  • Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: 9-axis, PPG, Barometer, heart rate monitor
  • Dimensions: 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7mm
  • IP67 waterproofing

As for the software, you can expect the same clean Android Wear UI we know and love from the G Watch and other Android Wear devices. What do you think of LG’s second attempt at an Android Wear device, impressed or not?

  • Blane Stroud

    Okay, question. Is there anything stopping LG from just putting a square piece of glass in that body, but only using a circle’s worth of pixels? Because, the way the body is shaped, it totally looks like that’s what they did. =

    • Shark Bait

      yeahh i see what you mean, no where near as nice looking as the 360

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    • Emmanuel

      those are actual… circular displays…

      • Blane Stroud

        You can’t post a picture that’s not in the article and act like it’s obvious to everyone else. Given only the article and the video, it’s not so obvious the display must be round. The display is sunk in, and behind the circular part is a large housing that could easily fit a square piece of class, given how sunk in the glass is. With this picture, that’s obviously not the case, but I didn’t have this picture when I asked.

        Not that it would matter. I think it would be a super smart move to make use of that sunk-in display and [probably] dramatically decrease your manufacturing costs by using a square panel with only a circle of pixels being lit.

  • Vybhav nag

    Awesome android wear…. I rather call it a watch…………….. When is it stepping into market in India I’m eagerly waiting to have one

    Inform me fast android authority

    I’m always keeping an eye on android authority

  • T.J.

    No ambient light sensor? They’ve had how many months to improve the G Watch and this is what they came up with?

  • Looks too childish,Not going for this

  • venorme

    Still no info on battery and after Asus Zenwatch with 4xtimes of battery of the LG G watch I see it as main spec

    • LG R battery = 410mah with run time mentioned as two days per charge. Moto 360 = 320mah.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I hate that bezel around it. The screen looks too small.

    • Luka Mlinar

      So true, but than there’s the Moto 360. It’s good to have variety in the market :)

  • Luka Mlinar

    I got to say, this thing looks a lot better then i thought it would. Hat’s off LG.

  • Blowntoaster

    +1 to LG. looks much more like a watch, which is good. like the “sporty” look of it. not as “geeky” as the Gear S, even though the Gear S is a cool device in it’s own right. Might just swap my Gear 2 Neo for this, if globally available

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  • Chris

    They really need to put wireless charging on these. No point of yet another dock.

  • The Moto 360 seems too thick for me at 11.5mm. The LG is better at 9.7mm…

  • I just got an invite from Moto to buy the 360 today ( signed up for notice at Moto site a while back), but I think will wait for the LG R instead. The Verge review of Moto 360 complained that battery only last 12 hours with moderate use. Between the thickness (11.5mm Moto 360 vs 9.7mm LG R), better screen tech (P-OLED for 10% consumption in standbymode mode for LG), larger battery for LG (410mah vs Moto’s 320mah) and The Verge’s mention of noticeably low res screen on the Moto (just by itself, not compared to LG) the LG, even with its bezel, seems the better choice for me. Hoping the smaller screen would means crisper display compared to Moto…

  • Robert Johnson

    What’s the battery life and also how good does it display at night or in complete darkness?