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LG G Watch R to launch early November

News by Luke Jones on Thursday October 23, 2014.

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G Watch R
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LG has today confirmed that its G Watch R wearable will be available in major European and North American markets during the first days of November. Asian and CIS countries will also be getting the smartwatch in that time frame while LG has also confirmed that the device will be available in select markets via the Google Play Store.

The company has not confirmed the price of the G Watch R just yet, but it is thought that it will be more expensive than the Motorola Moto 360. 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.

Of course, the biggest talking point about the G Watch R is its circular design, making it one of only two (the Moto 360 the other) to offer this classic watch look. LG says the device is encased in stainless steel and has interchangeable 22mm calfskin leather straps.

You can check out the full press release below:

SEOUL, Oct. 24, 2014 - LG Electronics (LG) announced today that its newest Android wearable, LG G Watch R, will be available for purchase at retail sites throughout Europe including countries such as France, Italy, Spain and the UK in the beginning of November, followed by key markets in North America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) soon after. Customers in select markets will also be able to purchase G Watch R on Google Play in the weeks ahead.

The LG G Watch R made its world debut at IFA 2014 to much interest and with its stylish looks and smooth, speedy performance, became one of the show's most mentioned new products. The world's first watch-style wearable to feature a fully circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, the G Watch R was inspired by classical and premium timepieces. The 1.3-inch circular P-OLED display takes advantage of every pixel, producing images with stunning color and accurate viewing at all angles even under bright sunlight.

Designed and built to last, the LG G Watch R features a classic design encased in durable stainless steel and aluminum powered by a 410mAh battery, the largest in an Android Wearable to date. Like the original LG G Watch, the G Watch R delivers optimal performance through its powerful but efficient 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. With an Ingress Protection rating of IP67, the device is completely protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one meter. The G Watch R, designed with personalization in mind, is compatible with any 22mm wide watch strap.

The LG G Watch R offers six new pre-loaded watch faces and improved power savings in ambient mode. The update to Android WearTM OS will add even more features and functionality to G Watch R such as offline music playback. Updates will be performed seamlessly through the smartphone with the owner's permission.

"While the original G Watch was designed to be a no-nonsense, pure Android Wear device, the G Watch R was developed with a more aesthetic eye," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The G Watch R represents LG?s commitment to meld form and functionality together in perfect harmony and to create a device that not only looks great but more importantly, offers technology that makes life more convenient."

Prices and additional purchase details will be announced locally at time of availability. For more product images and videos, please visit www.lg.com/global/gwatch/r.

Key Specifications:

Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400

Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)

Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM

Battery: 410mAh

Operating System: Android Wear

(compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)

Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)


PPG (Heart Rate Monitor)

Color: Black

Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

source: LG

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