LG Launching New Wear OS Smartwatch (LM-W315) In June

LG Electronics is launching a new Wear OS smartwatch in June, South Korean outlet ETNews reports, adding that the manufacturer disclosed its next wearable will be identified by the model number LM-W315. That particular variant has already been certified by the United States Federal Communications Commission earlier this week, with most signs pointing to the device being advertised as the Watch Timepiece, a hybrid offering that combines a touchscreen with physical clock arms whose existence was first reported by AndroidHeadlines last month.

While Qualcomm is now working on a new system-on-chip for smartwatches meant to be announced this fall, the Watch Timepiece is set to be powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100, the company's last wearable silicon announced over two years ago. The device is still likely to be priced between the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport which retail at $250 and $350 in the U.S., respectively. While it offers 768MB RAM as opposed to a 512MB configuration found inside the Watch Style, the Watch Timepiece lacks many features of last year's Watch Sport, including NFC and GPS compatibility. The wearable is also set to ship with a circular 1.2-inch LCD screen offering a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels, as well as a 240mAh battery. The analog watch hands of the gadget will be able to relay information including compass, timer, altimeter, and barometer readings, AndroidHeadlines learned in April.

The Seoul-based tech giant will be offering the Watch Timepiece in Cloud Silver and Aurora Black color options, both of which will boast IP68-certified stainless steel builds. Cellular capabilities won't be part of the package which is set to be equipped with 4GB of eMMC storage and be approximately 45.5 x 45.4 x 12.9 mm in size. While it remains to be seen whether the LM-W315 truly is the Watch Timepiece, no other smartwatch models from the firm have been reported as being in the works for more than a year now. It's still unclear whether a June launch will lead to a global release as soon as next month, though LG's recent efforts in the smartphone segment suggest that the company is now consciously looking to reduce the delay between its product announcements and actual retail debuts, as last seen on the example of the G7 ThinQ.

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