LG and Samsung simply couldn’t wait until IFA to show us what they have been so frantically trying to tease the past weeks. These are good ones, guys!
While LG’s original G Watch is know for affordability more so than quality, they are making amends with the luxurious G Watch R. This Android Wear device features a circular display that will go right up against the Moto 360. They are also not skimping out on build quality. This device features a steel frame and a 22mm calf skin leather strap.
If you thought the LG G Watch R’s looks were impressive, you will be blown away by the specs. It features a powerful Snapdragon 400 processor (yes, the on we usually see in smartphones), a 1.3-inch P-OLED display, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a 410 mAh battery.
There’s no mention of pricing details, but we know the device will launch in key markets starting Q4, 2014.
Opinion: I happen to love the LG G Watch R. Both the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R look like “real watches”, but LG’s option looks more like a sporty Casio to me, which was always more of my style.
Samsung just couldn’t let LG have all the fun! They have also announced a new smartwatch – the Samsung Gear S. Sammy’s Tizen-based smartwatch is a bit different in that it offers a curved Super AMOLED display. We must say it looks very good, while touting a more futuristic and extravagant design.
The most interesting part of the Gear S is found inside, though, where all the antennas can be found. This device can work as a standalone smartwatch, as opposed to having to be tethered to a smartphone. It features 3G connectivity, as well as bluetooth and WiFi.
Specs include a 2-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a 300 mAh battery and more. No price is announced either, but Samsung is promising an October release date.
Opinion: The Samsung Gear S doesn’t look bad, but it’s a little too extravagant for my taste. It seems like it would mold into your wrist very well, though. We will have to test it before passing judgement.
The Samsung Gear S announcement didn’t come alone, the Korean manufacturer also announced a pretty interesting set of headphones. The Gear Circle is a high end headset that can turn into some form of futuristic, geeky necklace.
Powered by a 180 mAh battery, these bluetooth 3.0 headphones offer great flexibility by being able to link to multiple devices (e.g.: smartphone and Gear S). No word on pricing either, but this neat accessory keeps the October release window.
Opinion: You will definitely look like you are from the future if you wear both the Gear S and Gear Circle. These can offer a great experience, though. Will you get either of these?