LG G Watch R fully unveiled: the first Android Wear smartwatch with a truly round display

LG G Watch R fully unveiled: the first Android Wear smartwatch with a truly round display
After a bit of teasing, LG today revealed the G Watch R - the company's second Android Wear smartwatch, and the world's first to sport a perfectly round display (unlike Motorola’s Moto 360). The screen of the G Watch R is a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED (P-OLED) one with 320 x 320 pixels. LG says that this display provides “stunning image clarity” in any situation - including under bright sunlight.

Just like LG’s first Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch R is IP67-certified, thus being dust- and water-resistant. It’ll offer several fitness apps, while also allowing users to monitor their heart rate thanks to a built-in PPG (photoplethysmography) sensor. Other features include a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, and a 410 mAh battery. A stainless steel frame, and an interchangeable calf skin leather strap complete the stylish picture.

The LG G Watch R will be launched in select markets starting the fourth quarter of the year, for a price that hasn’t been announced. We hope to find out more about LG’s second Android Wear device at IFA 2014 next week, so make sure to check back soon for new details.

Official LG G Watch R photos are included in the slideshow below.


source: LG

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39 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Looks more like a watch than the 360 does.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

they probably learnt a few things from the moto 360...the 360 looks like a grandpa watch now

7. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

where can I get one? Have not been interested in any of those square smartwatches, but the 360 did catch my attention, and now this one aswell. Of the two, I would agree the LG looks better.

18. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Great design looks more like a conventional watch. Pricing will be the key factors here . Hopefully it'll be $250 utmost.

28. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

These are renderings, I would wait for the real product, because in renderings everything looks high-end. We have seen the moto 360, we have seen that it's truly high-end, made of stainless steel and leather, with a big, crisp and bright display. The G watch looks like it's made of plastic, and we don't know how the display will look in real life.

2. HASHTAG unregistered

Impressive. I'd say it looks better than the 360.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

im guessing this is north of $200?

32. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Seriously? Lets see. LG's standard plastic square watch is $229. So, um, ya, probably the round metal and leather one that adds a heart rate sensor is more than $200.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Very well done, thoughtful, design by LG. The Moto 360 looks like a clunky prototype from the R&D lab in comparison.

36. michaelny2001

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

very well done??? Please tell me how is this a smartwatch? Why have a snapdragon processor? For what? This looks like a 100 bucks fossil watch to me. I rather go to Macy's.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This is very impressive. I can't even tell it's a smartwatch...

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sold !

9. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Ooh. This is exciting. Let's see what the rest of the competition will do with their smartwatch. So far, this the best design.

10. cse.vicky unregistered

Will it be a Nexus watch :P or Google Play watch :D, then sold !!

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It is an Android wear watch, if that is what you mean.

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That's the best smartwatch iSeen thus far,,. Great job LG

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I still dont understand why manufacturers show a product that's more than 2 months away from being released. I hate that. Just keep your secrets until its ready to be sold. This is where I would love for everyone to copy Apple. They announce and release within 2 weeks.

15. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I agree with your comment 99% of the time, but they're capitalizing on Motorola's HUGE blunder of significantly delaying the 360 (which isn't even a 360). By showing what's coming, they've just killed the big appeal of the 360. Motorola's "innovative marvel" has just been reduced to a very 1st gen looking beta product. Look at this as a shot across the bow.

19. willard12 unregistered

I'd imagine they don't want you to spend your money on an iwatch or moto 360 while they are still beta testing and mass producing. As for keeping secrets before the announcement, if Apple releases an iphone 6 that is 4.7 inches with a back that looks similar to the HTC One as has been leaked for 7 months, then the value of an announcement is minimal.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like it! Nice job LG!

14. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I see LG raising a banner stating " This is how u do it baby". This is a great a lesson of how to steal the show from a device that is very well anticipated from the crowds like the Moto 360. +1 to LG

16. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

History consistently shows that major delays simply kill a product. Motorola deserves the huge losses in sales as a result. They were beyond foolish not to release the 360 with LG and Samsung way back.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Very nice design, lets hope this one doesn't burn the user's wrists.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kudos LG, just what I was hoping for, a classic style. I'm sold.

21. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Now this is the best smartwatch as of today...if battery is ok and if price it right.then im considering on getting one...

22. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

wow.. LG really surprised me..

23. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

How can a round screen have 320x320 resolution?

38. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

320²xπ

24. John2014

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Can't say anything till I see the real display.

25. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Oh this is a crappy design. Smartwatch my a** this looks copied off a Swatch or Tissot. Meh, Koreans... Anyway I am betting this won't have a light sensor, if no, then fail. Its a waste to wear a watch if you have to increase the brightness every time you leave the house...

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