LG Makes The LG G Watch R Official – A Perfect Circle Meets A Stainless Steel Body

We’ve had LG’s next wearable teased a couple of times already, and now the company is making things official by fully outing the LG G Watch R. LG has beaten Motorola to the bunch by announced their round Android Wear wearable today, even though the announcement isn’t fully done. 

Inside, this is just the original G Watch. As a reminder, that’s a Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and an IP67 rating on the outside. The battery capacity has been slightly increased to 410 mAh as well. The real story here though is the design. Instead of the square design of the first G Watch, the G Watch R brings a round display that’s a perfect circle. At 1.3″ inches the screen is slightly smaller than the Moto 360, but the bezels make them match up fairly closely. The display is a P-OLED display, “P” for plastic and it’s unknown how that will affect battery life. Hopefully it’s for the better. LG also added a heart rate monitor to this watch.



It should be noted that this watch is not a G Watch 2, but a premium option for those looking for that. These aren’t all the details though. LG will reveal the rest of the details, hopefully including price, at IFA next week in Berlin. Definitely keep an eye out for that.

SEOUL, Aug. 28, 2014 — Following the June release of one of the first-to-market wearable device powered by Android Wear™, LG Electronics (LG) is quickly expanding its wearable product offerings with the unveiling a new Android Wear device — the LG G Watch R at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. The LG G Watch R is the world’s first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display and utilizes 100 percent of its watch face.
The most eye-catching feature of the LG G Watch R is its 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display that produces stunning image clarity even under bright sunlight and superb clarity when viewed from any angle. Powered by a powerful 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, the LG G Watch R offers 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a durable 410mAh battery. This Android Wear device will effortlessly run all compatible apps available in the Google Play Store and with an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67, the LG G Watch R is designed to run for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water.
With Android Wear™ at its core, the LG G Watch R delivers essential and relevant information exactly at the right time and place through voice recognition notifications. With a suite of LG health and fitness apps, users can also monitor their heartbeats with the support of the embedded photoplethysmograpgy (PPG) sensor. And the smart notifications provide users with important reminders of missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts.
With an artisanal elegance, the LG G Watch R boasts a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces. Replete with a circular watch face, this elegantly crafted Android wearable has classic curves encased in a strong, durable stainless steel frame and carries a suite of watch faces that are accessible with a simple touch of the display. Its interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap also complements its overall aesthetic, giving it an air of modern prestige.
“What we’ve noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is a category that can’t be compared to smartphones and tablets,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Wearables are also accessories and consumers will want more than one to choose from. So we wanted to complement the modern design of the original G Watch with the classic look of the G Watch R. Customers can’t go wrong with either device.”
The LG G Watch R will be available in key markets early in the fourth quarter of 2014. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA can see LG G Watch R up close in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.

— LG
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