In usual fashion, it’s 10pm here on the east coast and LG sends over a press release of a new product. Never fails, right? This time it’s something we all want to see. It’s the LG G Watch, but round. Which is where the R comes from. Specs for the LG G Watch R look like this: 1.3-inch P-OLED display (that’s a 320×320 resolution as well), Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, 410mAh battery, running on Android Wear, with a 9-axis, Barometer and PPG sensors. It’ll be available in black and is dust and water resistant, IP67. So we’ve got a slightly larger battery here, and now a P-OLED display. This is the same display that LG used in the G Flex last year. So it’s a bit different than the IPS we have in the current G Watch.
So when will the LG G Watch R be available? According to LG “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.” Q4 may seem like a long time away, but Q4 is October, November and December. So it’s really not that far away. Hard to think about it, but we are almost at the end of 2014 already. Wow this year has flown by.
“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.”
So we’ve got our second smartwatch from LG now. Anyone interested?