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LG Watch Urbane 2 official: first Android Wear watch with cellular connectivity
Tonight LG officially took the wraps off its latest hero device, the LG V10. That wasn’t the only announcement that LG had for us though, as they have also revealed their latest Android Wear smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
The new LG Watch Urbane sports a similar design to the original, albeit with a more refined look this time around. Cosmetics aside, the biggest difference is under the hood, as the Urbane 2 is the first Android Wear device to feature cellular connectivity. That means you not only can connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but also 3G or 4G, giving you greater independence from your phone.
The Urbane 2 utilizes a nano-SIM and is not carrier locked, giving you the freedom to use it with whatever network you choose. That means you can now leave your phone at home and still have access to your emails, messages, and all your other important contacts and data.
Aside from cellular support, other specs for the LG Watch Urbane 2 include a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 768MB RAM and 4GB storage, a 1.38-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 480 x 480, and a 570 mAh battery. You’ll find all the typical sensors a smartwatch would need as well, like an accelerometer, gyro, compass barometer, and GPS. The watch is also water and dust resistant with a rating of IP67.
While the Urbane has the standard UI we have seen with all other Android Wear devices, LG makes accessing some of the watch’s features a bit easier through the addition of three buttons on the right side that give shortcut access to settings such as contacts, LG health, and app list. The watch’s crown can also be used to quickly enable and disable ambient mode on the watch. The LG Urbane 2 even has a few minor software customizations such a 16 included watch faces, special fitness apps and features, workout tips, and even stress level monitoring.
Pricing or a release date haven’t been confirmed for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition just yet, though LG says the watch will first arrive to the US and Korea, followed by select markets in Europe, CIS, Asia, and the Middle East. When the watch does arrive, buyers will have the choice of four colors: space black, opal blue, luxe white, or signature brown. We imagine that the addition of cellular activity will make this one of the more expensive Android Wear options on the market, but that’s really just speculation at this stage.
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