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Rumor: LG to Showcase First 4G Watch, Dubbed the “G Watch R2” During MWC 2015

December 9, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

LG’s G Watch R, as pictured above, is a great example of what a smartwatch can be and it’s one of the best Android Wear devices on the market. With a stunning circular design and an excellent display, the G Watch R – much like the Moto 360 – is a clear example that smartwatches don’t need to be ugly. LG has already moved quickly in the smartwatch game, despite waiting on Google to release Android Wear, they quickly followed the original G Watch with the R and now, there’s word that LG might be preparing to show off a 4G-capable smartwatch during next year’s Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain.

Business Korea has recently reported that LG could be ready to announce the “G Watch R2” during next year’s MWC, but just what the 4G side of things would be responsible for, we’re not sure. A system similar to Samsung’s Gear S would be most likely, where the watch can function on its own using a built-in radio, but is at its best when connected to your smartphone. Regardless, it seems that Mobile World Congress is going to be a big event for smartwatches, and we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a good handful of new timepieces. Would a 4G smartwatch take off? We’re not so sure, but only time will tell. One thing’s for sure though, we can’t imagine a 4G smartwatch retailing on the cheap.

We’re sure that LG will want to keep the circular design made popular by the G Watch R, but what many of us are more excited about is the prospect of new processors and new software enabling these watches to do much, much more than they currently offer users. I own the original G Watch and I have to say, it’s already beginning to look a little long toothed with the likes of the G Watch R, Moto 360 and ASUS ZenWatch hitting the scene. Will we see new designs next year, complete with 3G and 4G radios? Only time will tell.