LG just announced the steel-bound V10, but that’s not the only ferrous beauty coming from the Korean company today: the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition brings a classy look and cellular connectivity – a first for the Android Wear ecosystem.

We had the opportunity to check out the Urbane 2nd Edition, with a caveat: we couldn’t play with the software at all. With this warning out of the way, here’s our first look at the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.

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Design and functionality

While the Urbane 2nd Edition is the first Android Wear watch with cellular connectivity, LG has dabbled with the concept before, on the webOS-powered Watch Urbane LTE. There is where the Urbane 2nd Edition takes most of its design cues, and, in particular, the three buttons on the side.

The Urbane 2nd Edition is definitely more sportsy than the Watch Urbane, especially when you choose one of the rubber bands. There will be several bands options available, but you won’t be able to use a standard one, because the bands incorporate the antennas required for cellular connectivity.

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The watch is thick compared to other wearables, but it doesn’t look too large and it’s quite comfortable even on my tiny wrists, thanks to the curved bands.

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The color accents of the buttons match the band, which is a nice touch. The top button allows you to bring up your favorite contacts, the main one has the typical Android Wear functionality, while tapping the bottom button will open up LG’s Health up. The device can monitor your heart rate, workout intensity, and stress levels, though we suspect the latter two features are based on simple readings of the heart rate.

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Hardware features and connectivity

The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition packs the best specs on any Android Wear smartwatch to date. These include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The display is 1.38 inches with a 480 x 480 pixels resolution, for an excellent 348ppi; for comparison, the next best display is on the Huawei Watch, at 400×400 pixels.

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The battery is much larger than the norm as well. At 570 mAh, it’s almost double what you get on the Huawei Watch or the Tizen-powered Gear S2. Of course, the LTE/3G modem will consume a lot of that power, but LG claims the Urbane 2nd Edition should be good for a full day of use, or more.

You will be able to connect to the internet wirelessly from anywhere in the world. The LTE/3G device takes a nano-SIM and should work with many carriers. More details will be offered when the device launches in the US.

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It appears that LG has announced the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition before Google has finalized the latest Android Wear version needed to enable the new features on the device. That’s likely the reason we weren’t allowed to shoot the software during our briefing. That said, an announcement from Google is probably imminent.

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Wrap up

LG is really stepping it up with the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which joins a growing collection of beautiful Android Wear smartwatches of mostly circular design. We’ll need to wait for the Android Wear update and a test of the cellular support before offering our verdict, but signs are pretty encouraging.

Tell us what you think!

  • s2weden2000

    urban watch

  • John Doe

    Not a huge fan of having a phone on my wrist, as another data plan is a little overkill to me..
    That being said, if we can add the watch to our current plan so that it uses our pooled data, with out
    any extra cost (monthly fees) then I am ok with that..
    By the looks of it, there is still no NFC included, then you will still need your current phone to buy stuff
    if you use any of the new payment systems.
    As you are not allowed to swap the wrist straps, some of the battery, etc could have been off loaded
    to these to help reduce watch size. Also what happens if the wrist straps break?

    • overzeetop

      I read elsewhere that LG is in talks with an unnamed US provider to allow essentially dual sims that work in both the watch and a phone simultaneously. I presume it’s ATT or V, but it could be *gag* Sprint.

  • Gareth Hailes

    GPS and a heart rate monitor = winner, so long as the price is good. Don’t care about the cellular function.

  • somedude

    f*ck me looks like something iron man would wear and shoot at people its fekking hooooge!

  • HotelQuebec

    I like it especially Android Wear and LTE aspects but not as clean looking as Galaxy Gear S2. Clean up the cluttered buttons and it’ll be an easier decision.

  • Ben Kenon

    How could they make something uglier than the Apple Watch?

  • whatever

    as modelled by anorexic stick insects with miniature wrists to make it look fekking huge!

    • Some dude

      Yeah it’s kind of annoying

  • overzeetop

    This I’m interested in. It’s only slightly bigger than the watch I used to wear (13mm x 42mm seiko), and probably lighter given the former was a dive watch. I’m still dumbfounded that nobody is using the bezel as a control surface – either as a touch sensor like the old ipod or with a physical rotating ring (like a dive watch rotating bezel, but two directional).
    Or course, it’s going to need NFC – but putting it all together could allow me to switch to this as my primary with a regular tablet for bigger content.