Last week LG surprised everyone when they quickly cancelled the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE with no true explanation. At the time they simply stated it was a “hardware issue”, however now we have an explanation.
Apparently a component used within the display would have led to reduced image quality over time. LG confirmed that there were no reasons to worry about user safety, but rather this was a move simply to keep customers happy with their watch over time rather than having them see an issue with it down the road.
LG stated the following to Telegraph:
For competitive and supplier relations reasons we are not in a position to communicate the specifics of the issue that led to this decision. However, what we can share is that the hardware issue was related to a new advanced component that we had incorporated in the device that had never been used in an LG wearable device before.
During aggressive testing over thousands of hours under severe conditions, it was revealed that this component failed to meet LG’s quality standards and could potentially impact our image quality over the life of the device.
LG has yet to confirm whether or not a revised version of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition will be released, so for now we’ll just have to wait.