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Google teaming up with LG for two new Android Wear watches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style
We’ve heard plenty of rumors in recent months regarding Google’s plans to release two new wearable devices alongside its big Android Wear 2.0 refresh. Details have been pretty scarce about the devices themselves, with rumors and speculation pieces only giving us the bare minimum about the two new Android Wear-powered smartwatches. That’s changing today, though.
According to a new report from VentureBeat, Google has teamed up with LG to create two new Android Wear devices, similar to what it used to do with the Nexus line of smartphones. These two new devices, dubbed LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, will reportedly be unveiled on February 9 at an event for the the big Android Wear 2.0 unveiling. Both watches will go on sale the next day, February 10. The watches will continue to roll out to other regions through February and March, and will be on display at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 27.
While both devices will supposedly feature plastic OLED displays, the Watch Sport will come with a larger, higher resolution display of 1.38 inches and 480 x 480, versus the Watch Style’s 1.2-inch display with a resolution of 360 x 360. The Watch Sport also comes with 768MB of RAM and a 430mAh battery compared to the Watch Style’s 512MB and 240mAh cell. Both devices will have 4GB of on-board storage. LG wasn’t able to pack all of this extra tech into the Sport without a bump up in overall size, though – the Watch Sport will measure 14.2mm thick, while the Style will measure only 10.8mm.
A few other design notes: the Watch Sport will come in Titanium and Dark Blue color options and come with an IP68 rating, while the Style, with its interchangeable straps, will come in Titanium, Silver and Rose Gold color options and have an IP67 rating.
The LG Watch Sport is definitely the beefier of the two models
Both devices come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, though the Watch Sport will support 3G and LTE data connections, as well as GPS and NFC. The Sport model will be able to make payments with Android Pay, as well. Both of these new smartwatches will be compatible with iOS, and will both come with Google Assistant on-board. In addition, the Sport and Style will have a new digital crown button that serves as another way to navigate through the Android Wear interface. Both watches have touchscreen displays, though, so the digital crown isn’t going to be the only way to navigate.
Mark your calendars, folks. February is going to be a big month for Android Wear.