Stunning LG G Watch R announced ahead of IFA!

August 28, 2014

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This industry is ruled by those who bring out the best devices ahead of the competition, something LG seems to have a good handle on. The Korean manufacturer has been teasing a smartwatch for some days now. We thought we would have to wait until IFA to get a good look at it, but it seems LG has thrown us all a curve ball and announced the LG G Watch R ahead of next week’s event.

LG’s new smartwatch stands out for its unique design. Following only Motorola’s Moto 360, this is among the first Android Wear devices to come with a circular display. Furthermore, its casual aesthetics makes it very unique and will allow it to easily blend in any crowd or environment.

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In fact, I would say the LG G Watch R is much more “normal looking” than the Moto 360. These press renders showcase devices that oddly resemble older Casio watches. It also helps that the stock watch face gives it a very classic look, but that is something you can easily customize if you so choose to.

Also interesting is the set of specs the LG G Watch R has to offer. Inside that beautiful body you will find a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is an outstanding chip for a smartwatch. Keep in mind this is the same processor smartphones like the Moto G currently use. Other specs are listed below.

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LG G Watch R specs

  • 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of internal storage
  • Dust and water resistant
  • 410 mAh battery

While this smartwatch doesn’t look as glamorous as the Moto 360 in images, it’s made of premium materials. The strap is made of 22mm calf skin leather, which in turn holds a durable stainless steel frame. It’s also relieving to see this unit is dust and water resistant, a highly-requested feature.

This is quite a winner under our eyes, competing only with the best of the best. Price is still up in the air and LG is not ready to unveil such details, but the device should be launching in key markets by Q4 2014. We defintiely don’t expect it to be the cheapest, though. Are you signing up for one?

Comments

  • joser116

    Wow

  • Jake Wrigley

    Ugliest watch/ smart watch I have ever seen and the furthest I would want my smart watch to look (in terms of normal watch similarity) would be the motor 360 and even then it looks too similar to a normal watch… I want people to know my watch is unique and does different stuff… I’m happy with my gear 2 neo

    • LolJake

      Samsung Knights detected

      • Jake Wrigley

        Samsung/htc knight… don’t like sony and my experience with lg was abysmal

    • andrew

      why not wear a clock on your neck? thats pretty different

      • Jake Wrigley

        And that’s just a bit too far Andrew haha good idea but! ;)

    • treekle

      Yep, your gear 2 neo is unique, there is no one else out there who’d buy and wear that! :)

      • Jake Wrigley

        And that’s the idea… love being unique :D

  • http://www.1singur.deviantart.com/ Stefan Dumitrache

    You had a good run even before you started, Moto. Too bad we gonna have to wave our wrists “Goodbye” to you.

    • ThunderCrackR

      I still think the Moto 360 looks better!

      • Jesus

        Nope.

        Take away that strap, because you actually get a black plastic plain strap (and the image is just a rendering, not the actual strap)… and you get a hockey puck.

        • Gianflavio

          im sure the metallic strap will cost an extra $50. if it has interchangeable straps i’ll be getting that metallic one in the future

        • ThunderCrackR

          This is your point!

  • Happy

    No

  • Stadi

    I wouldn’t even wear this if they paid me. I newer understood people who wear watches like this. But I will also not buy a non-round Moto360. I guess I will wait and see what Asus does. But then Again, I will wait for one that has GPS built in.

  • Ste

    Thats nice looking! The more it seems a normal watch the more I like it. Now I’m curious about how bulky is

  • ServedTheUS

    I applaud LG’s quick turn around from the horrendous G-watch that they embarrassed themselves with, but something about this watch seems a little less than elegant. Maybe its the large casing around the bezel, or the permanent etching around the face, or the disproportionate button, but something still has me leaning towards the far more minimalist yet elegant Moto 360

    • ThunderCrackR

      The same about me!

  • Asterix5652

    this is too normal looking,i wil probably go for the 360 but i will wait to see what asus does.

  • Amrit Zoad

    Meh.

  • Walid El Baouchi

    People thinking LG is quickly abandoning rectangular watches are wrong. LG was among the first two OEMs to launch an Android wear watch and soon they’ll be the only one to actually offer one in two styles.

  • Nnaemeka Maduakolam

    Still prefer the Moto360 but has anyone here seen Samsung Gear S??? It beats any circular thing out there for me

  • Schahid

    Moto 360 is still good looking but it has a flaw, ugly looking bezels at the bottom of screen, which G Watch R apparently doesn’t. Good job LG!!!

    • ThunderCrackR

      Yeah, but better you have an ugly bezel at the bottom than an ugly thick bezel all around the watch. Just my view.

      • Schahid

        I respect your opinion bro but in end what matters is what “I” want in my watch.

        • ThunderCrackR

          Yes, you are right. Buy what suits YOU in the end! That is what I always recommend!

  • redsea

    wireless charging and i’m in.

  • Mike Bastable

    LG seems to be hitting the ball out of the park at the moment, a run of great devices. This watch looks good and discreet…not everyone want visible tech: just useable tech. This is looking very “Buy-able”…i also like the fact that they always announce these things before the trade shows, they are confident and, recently they have the products that allow them to be so. NOw get the new interface on all Android devices this month and LG will really be kicking it.

  • Mike Bastable

    forgot to say ……it makes the MOTO effort look very “prototype” lets hope MOTO has been working hard on refining their design too…..

  • pahern

    I prefer a design like this that has a little “body” to it, not just a frame around the screen with straps sticking out of it. While I like the Moto 360, I was never a fan of the very minimalist design that just looks like a screen on a strap, not a watch. That and I prefer a true round screen without the missing bit.

  • killer1

    how long can this battery stend before u need to charge it ?

  • Foosa Noble

    Moto took way to long to release the 360.
    Now if LG ships this watch before moto does then shame on moto….they screwed up..

  • raj ratore
  • ThunderCrackR

    โ€These press renders showcase devices that oddly resemble older Casio watches.โ€ This is exactly what I thought when I first saw the pictures! Thanks for confirming! The Moto 360 looks better from my point of view. I understand that you want a round watch but if I have a SMARTwatch I want it to actually look like something SMART, not like an old Casio. Still, the Gear S simply looks like brought from future. It is really gorgeous!

  • Mikey Dixon

    I still like the edge-to-edge screen of the moto. The G Watch R looks too conventional IMO.

  • ERYREB

    Outstanding job by LG. While I admire the technology of the Samsung Gear S, this just looks so much better. I wish Samsung would get styling right the first time. I’m betting their next watch will be round and will probably look good.

    Will buy this if the price is right.