If Samsung's Gear S is the first wearable to feature 3G connectivity, LG's G Watch R is the first smartwatch to sport a full-circle P-OLED display.
Not to be outdone with Samsung's Gear S, LG has revealed its circular G Watch R today. If you can recall, the smartwatch was teased by LG earlier this week. For some reason, the company decided to spill the beans today. The latest rumor about Apple's iWatch today must have prompted Samsung and LG to reveal their own creations at a short notice.
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This year's smartwatches will be about "firsts." If Samsung's Gear S is the first wearable to feature 3G connectivity, LG's G Watch R is the first smartwatch to sport a full-circle P-OLED display (Note: Motorola's Moto 360 has a similar rounded design).
The G Watch R has a 1.3-inch full circle Plastic OLED that, according to LG, uses 100 percent of its watch face. Other features include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 4GB of storage, a 512MB RAM, and a 410mAh battery. Similar to the Gear S, the G Watch R is also water-resistant.
Since LG doesn't have its own OS, it would need to rely on Google's Android Wear platform. Dabbling as a fitness wearable, the device can also monitor heart rate. Plus, it includes a suite of LG's health and fitness apps.
“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, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications.
LG will begin selling the G Watch R in the fourth quarter this year. Details including pricing will be announced at IFA 2014 next week.
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