LG G Watch R release date, news, specs and rumors [updated]
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Now that we know LG are planning to drop a new smartwatch in our laps at IFA 2014 - the successor to the LG G Watch - we can start ruminating on what we might see. We already know a little bit thanks to the rumor mill, but there's more information we can divine for those that want to look for it. Update: The G Watch R specs have been revealed showing what we can expect from the device. Go to the updated specs section to get the new info.
We already know that LG will present the G Watch R at IFA. And we suspect that LG is bringing a new device to market so soon after the first version because there was a bit of a rush to the whole Google I/O presentation for the last one. We hope this means we'll see a more mature design and better feature set in the G Watch R.
The G Watch R will probably hit the market very soon after the announcement is made, similar to recent device launches like the LG G3. We're expecting a slightly higher price than the original G Watch, especially if the rumors about a collaboration with premium watchmakers can be believed. We doubt the G Watch R would be priced above the rumored 250 USD price tag for the Moto 360, unless the design of the G Watch R is really, really good.
LG G Watch R display
The G Watch R is another round-faced Android Wear device. The Quick Circle case for the LG G3 clearly shows LG has already considered the circular format for software, so why not for a watch? The G Watch R will have 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320) display (similar to what can be found on the G Flex). What we are also hoping for is LG's trademark micro-bezels and maybe some cool smartwatch-specific gesture controls like Knock Code.
LG confirmed our suspicions by posting a trailer for a round smartwatch: aptly titled the G Watch R. The video clearly points out that the G Watch R will be a fully circular design, unlike the Moto 360 which has a small bezel at the bottom of the screen where the ambient light sensor is located. The video shows us a variety of different faces of the G Watch R, and it looks like there will also be a crown (the thing you wind a watch with), which adds a touch of traditional class to the design. We're not sure about the bezel action here, but we're hoping LG has managed to make it wall-to-wall.
LG G Watch R specs
Update: The LG G Watch R specs were just revealed showing us what we can expect from the LG's latest smartwatch. We know that it will arrive with a circular 1.3-inch plastic OLED screen with 320x320 pixel resolution and also that it will be dust and water resistant. Check out the new specs table below.
1.3 inch P-OLED 320x320
1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400
Dust proof and water resistant
LG G Watch R battery
While the existing G Watch will get you relatively comfortably through a day's usage, the fact that LG has acknowledged in their leak to The Korea Times that LG Chem, LG Display and LG Innotek are involved in the G Watch R process makes us think that perhaps LG will debut a new kind of flexible battery in the G Watch R, along with some other homegrown tech. Battery innovations are certainly the hot topic for current smartwatches. Remember the Galaxy Gear struggled to last half a day, the Moto 360 is reportedly managing two and a half days, and the Omate X promises up to seven days of battery. LG is bringing an only slightly improved 410 mAh battery to the table, a mere 10 mAh improvement over its predecessor. Lets hope the hardware has been optimized to make efficient use of it.
As already mentioned, we promise to keep you updated on all the latest news, photos and specifications of the G Watch R, in the meantime let us know what you think!