The LG G Watch was announced during the Google IO keynote just a day or so ago as an example of Google’s new Android Wear OS platform. Mobile Geeks managed to catch up with the device and its full retail package at a press event in Berlin. Watch the LG G Watch get unboxed in the video below:
The LG G Watch is the Korean company’s first real foray into the world of digital wearable devices and will also be the first device to run Googel’s Android Wear OS. Similar to most wearables we are seeing, it basically looks very much like regular digital watch, sporting a 1.65 inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 280 x 280. Here are the full specs.
LG G Watch: Specifications
• 1.65 Inch IPS LCD Display
• 280 x 280 Resolution
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor
• 512MB RAM
• 4GB eMMC Internal Storage
• Bluetooth 4.0 LE
• Gyropscope, Accelerometer and Compass
• 37.9mm x 46.5mm x 9.95mm
• 63 grams
• 400mAh Battery
• Android Wear OS
• Black and Gold options
• IP67 Water and Dust resistant
• Compatible with Android 4.3 and above devices
This is the first time that we have gotten hands on with the LG G Watch, which will be available in early July (pre-orders on Google Play as of two days ago) for a retail price of $229 USD. This pricing means it is cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 ($295), but more expensive than the Sony Smart Watch 2 ($199) and the Pebble ($150).
Like many competing devices, the LG G Watch uses its Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity to work in tandem with your Android smartphone (4.3 Jelly bean and above). Notifications, emails and other communications will be presented on the devices’ always-on screen. One thing I like about the LG G Watch is that it uses standard watch strap sizes, so you can use any strap you want.
I also think that being IP67 compliant is also essential, not because I want to take it into the shower, but because living here in Taiwan, there’s always a chance of severe heavy rain. I have seen an iPhone drown in a friends pocket during a downpour – rain can be a device killer in this part of the world.
The inclusion of what looks to be a full out smartphone processor is a bit of a head scratcher. The 400mAh battery is slated to last a full day on one charge, but that doesn’t seem to be too impressive compared to other devices which we have seen operate for several days on a single charge. I wonder if the snapdragon 400 processor and the always-on-screen have are really helping battery life.
Battery life is of course one area we look forward to testing, as soon as we get a sample in the office. It will also be interesting to get a closer feel for Google’s direction with Android Wear.