News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 08, 2014.
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LG's G Watch R caused quite a stir when it was first unveiled. This was a smartwatch that also had a round face, a competitor to Motorola's impressive Moto 360 perhaps and possibly the best smartwatch ever made. However, the reality was somewhat different as the G Watch R is a little bit of a compromise; good looking yes, but certainly not the definitive smartwatch release.LG said we would have to wait to get our hands on the G Watch R, using the IFA launch to pencil in a "later in the fall" release date. The roll out of the device is imminent now as the company has announced that the G Watch R will be available in South Korea from October 14th. The company has not offered a date for Europe, North America, and beyond just yet although I imagine those markets will get the wearable in the coming weeks too. As for price, LG has not announced that yet, although the company will have to price competitively against the $250 Moto 360 and other Android Wear products. Early reports suggest the device will be on the expensive side and could cost as much as $300 when it lands. The G Watch R sports a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 paired with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. Also added to the mix is a 410mAh battery and IP67 waterproofing that lets the watch function in up to one meter depths and from 30 minutes. Of course, the G Watch R will come running Google's Android Wear platform and will have many of the standards we have to expect with smartwatches. That includes voice recognition, a heart rate monitor, and notifications for missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts. LG has also included a number of its own fitness and health apps, as is the norm with wearable products. source: LG
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