According to industry sources out of Korea, LG is preparing to unveil its first 4G-enabled smartwatch at MWC in Barcelona, February 2015. The data-ready smartwatch is tentatively named the G Watch R2.
The name implies that LG’s next watch will be a direct successor to the excellent LG G Watch R. This means that the design will likely retain its circular aesthetic, rather than returning to the square design of LG’s first smartwatch.
Samsung’s recently released Gear S gave us our first look at what a SIM-enabled smartwatch is capable of, but it only offers 3G speeds and uses Samsung’s Tizen operating system. The G Watch R2 will apparently feature faster data-speeds and is likely to continue to make use of the Android Wear platform for its software. Battery life will be the big test for LG’s 4G watch. However, LG’s latest smartwatch excelled in this area, so perhaps this shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
We should hear further details about LG’s G Watch R2 in the coming months. Would you purchase a 4G smartwatch, or do you think that data-enabled wearables are a little pointless?