LG introduces what could be the best-looking smart watch and ASUS is ditching Android Wear for upcoming watch. All while Toshiba shows off its new Project Ara modules.
The Apple Watch is expected to be the next hot wearable in terms of design, but competitors are not letting Cupertino take the crown without a fight. LG has just announced a new watch that may just be the best-looking product of its kind. They call it the LG G Watch Urbane and it is looking gorgeous.
The device has a metal body and accepts any 22 mm band, giving you endless opportunities to customize your watch as you wish. But the LG G Watch Urbane doesn’t just look good, as it’s actually pretty powerful. Specs include a 1.3-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a 410 mAh battery.
Opinion: We have no details on price and availability, but this watch is not likely to be cheap. At the very least it will be up there with the other high-end Android Wear products. We will be checking it out at MWC, so make sure to stay tuned for that.
LG and other manufacturers are getting more invested in Android Wear, the first wearable platform that looks to be taking off. Some others are working with Google while they pursue their own smart watch ventures, though. One of them is ASUS, which is making an Android Wear device with its own OS.
The idea here is that this watch would leave Android Wear behind in order to achieve better battery life. As we know, Android Wear is quite the resource sucker, as it is also very powerful.
“We will continue to work with Google on Android Wear, and we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life.” -Jerry Shen, ASUS CEO
Opinion: As many of you may know, I value battery life above all when it comes to smart watches. I really don’t like charging wearables every day, so this is good news for me and anyone who agrees with me. Just how capable will this watch be? Will it use something other than an LCD panel? We will see.
Project Ara is almost upon us and all the partners are starting to show off their goodies. Toshiba is the newest in line with a few camera modules. These includes two rear-facing cameras )13 MP and 8 MP, as well as a 2 MP front-facing camera bar.
These are actually pretty capable. The strongest sensor records at 4K resolurion and has 120 fps 1080p shooting, in addition to providing large images.
Opinion: These are simply prototypes, but giving us a look is Toshiba’s way to tell us they will be important Project Ara partners. They are said to also be working on NFC, memory and wireless charging modules. Let’s hope they bring some of these to MWC.