LG launched the latest iteration of their smartwatch dubbed the Watch Urbane just last week. The watch is the first one worldwide, to be released with the latest version of Android Wear. It is already available in the Google Store for buyers in a number of countries including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea and Spain. This is LG’s third generation smartwatch after the G Watch and the G Watch R that they had released in the past. The Watch Urbane will compete in the market against Samsung’s Gear smartwatch and the Apple watch amongst a whole host of other smartwatches vying for attention including products from Sony, Huawei, Motorola and Pebble.
While the watch went on sale only a few days ago, some reports claim that Verizon might have already started shipping the watch to the early birds who pre-ordered immediately on its listing. Google officially says that orders through the Google Store would start shipping on May 8th. AT&T meanwhile is also selling the watch online and says that it will start selling the device through their brick and mortar stores from Friday, May 15th onwards. The LG Watch Urbane comes with a 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi) and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It has 512 MB RAM and 4GB eMMC storage. It measures 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm and come with a 410 mAh battery. Sensors include a 9-Axis (Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass), Barometer, and PPG (heart rate monitor) and it comes with an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.
Although the Apple watch has managed to attract some amount of mainstream interest in the smart wearables segment, it still largely continues to be a niche market and it remains to be seen how much traction the LG Watch Urbane can generate in the given market conditions. While most analysts and industry watchers believe that smart wearables like smart watches, smart glasses and VR headsets are the next frontier for the consumer electronics industry, we are probably still a few years away from such devices becoming as ubiquitous as smartphones in our daily lives.