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LG looks to steal some of the Moto 360's thunder

LG first dropped hints of a quick successor to the G Watch earlier this month. Then, over the weekend, LG dropped a teaser video for the G Watch R, stating that the smartwatch would be unveiled during IFA 2014 next week in Berlin.
 
Well, it looks as though LG is trying to get ahead of the fervor surrounding the Motorola Moto 360 and this evening spilled all the beans on its G Watch R. The final design is quite attractive with its stainless steel bezel/frame and leather band, looking more or less like a traditional timepiece versus the square design of the original G Watch.
 
The G Watch R features a 1.3” circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display with a 360x360 resolution. Unlike the Moto 360, LG doesn’t have a little cutout at the bottom of the display to make room for the display driver and ambient light sensor. Instead, we’re assuming it’s housed within the bezel around the screen, hence its slightly smaller overall screen size (the Moto 360’s display measures 1.5”).
 
When it comes to the rest of the specs, most of the internals are carryovers from the original G Watch. That means that the G Watch R carries with its a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and IP67 water/dust resistance.

 
The latest offering does gain a slightly larger battery (410 mAh versus 400 mAh) and a heart rate monitor.
 
“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,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Mobile. “Customers can’t go wrong with either device.”
 
The LG G Watch R will launch during the fourth quarter, however, pricing has not yet been announced for the device.

Source: LG





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