LG G Watch R seems to be the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch yet

LG G Watch R seems to be the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch yet
LG unveiled its G Watch R less than 24 hours ago, saying that the device will be available to buy later this year, without mentioning how much it’s going to cost. Luckily, LG Germany issued a press release of its own, revealing that the smartwatch will be launched starting October for a suggested retail price of €299 - thus being the most expensive Android Wear device yet. We’re assuming that the G Watch R’s price for the US market will hover around $300, though things may change before the watch is released.

While its internals are similar to those of LG’s first Android Wear smartwatch (the G Watch), the G Watch R looks completely different, sporting a stainless steel frame and a perfectly round 1.3-innch P-OLED display - thus resembling a traditional wrist watch. Do you think ~$300 is too much for the G Watch R? Let us know in the comments!

LG will showcase the new smartwatch next week at IFA 2014, and we’ll make sure to check it out live. Until then, in case you haven’t seen LG’s official G Watch R renders, here they are:

source: LG Germany (translated) via Android Police



29. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

That looks very elegant indeed... I don't see them selling well as of now but who knows that the G2 R or G3 R are gonna blow out?

26. Zhephyr

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

as long as smart watch serve as a companion device their price will still be expensive

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Better spending 300$ on a smart watch than 1,000$ on a ROLEX

19. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

How about spending $0 and I just whip out my phone?

28. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The Rolex will last you a lifetime if cared for, and might even go up in value if you don't damage it... It's true you get more potential use out of a smartwatch, but keep in mind the pros and cons.

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'll much rather have a rolex or breitling. So freaking classy :) No need for stupid smart watch. Smartband is enough.

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Smartwatches no matter the platform should not cost more than $150 .

11. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

While I like the 360, I wonder how much the bottom gap will bother me... I love that this is a full circle watch. If the battery life is at least a day or two, I think I'm fine with it. Gah. I was planning on ordering the 360 day one. Now I'm thinking I should wait :(

10. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

This looks like a great ordinary watch, but where's the android wear?.. I'll wait to see the real deal

12. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

for real, might as well be a picture of a $30 watch bought on Amazon.

15. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Maybe, but it has the Android wear straps (don't say it's changable).

7. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Still prefer the Moto 360 I'd rather pay much less and have a better looking watch.

5. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

People shouldn't be complaining about pricing since in reality its cheaper than some watches that do a lot less. My citizen is more than double the cost, lol.

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Your Citizen is likely made of much higher quality components and will last much longer. I am not throwing away my Citizen anytime soon and neither should you. I would look up exactly what Citizen I have but I am too lazy for that. I paid $450 for mine and have had it for 2 years. It still looks brand new and I still find myself admiring it. I love watches...

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

well citizen isn't smartwatch.

21. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"well citizen isn't smartwatch." Thank goodness. Too many things that say "smart" in front of the name are just junk or a ripoff.

27. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No, but it's a watch, it sits on the wrist and it's more expensive. Quality has been mentioned, and certainly longevity is an issue, but it serves to put things into perspective...

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I have another idea. I figure that if I get a smart watch I'll never have to replace the battery ever again. Hopefully you are wrong and these smart watches last as long as phones.


Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Hey, it might be worth it... Especially for those looking for the conventional type watches but still having the capabilities of a smart watch...

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Those renders look so fake. At leats I know how Moto360 is bc a friend of mine already has it. (Don't ask me how). I'm holding my breath for that one instead..

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That plus we know that the Moto 360 has been refined for over a year where as these are largely reactions to the 360. Chances of these having glitches and quality issues is that much higher due to that.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7679; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not to mention that the Moto 360 is metal. This watch is plastic.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope both the 360 and the R are stainless steel Except the R only has leather strap, the 360 also has stainless steel strap as well But I'd also agree that we should wait for proper working device instead of these renders

13. HASHTAG unregistered

So, it is metal? I'm only asking because some sites says it's plastic while this site and a couple of others are saying it's metal...

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Every site I've read said that its stainless steel

1. Furbal unregistered

I think I'll be getting this one if battery life is good

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, it is a nice looking watch, but LG's last watch gave user's burns and had terrible battery life. Even though this is a fine looking watch, I think I have more faith in Motorola's products as months and months after buying the Moto X, I'm still more impressed with it than the Galaxy S5 or LG G3...

20. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

if the battery life of this watch is much better than peable then this would be great :)

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"I think I'll be getting this one if battery life is good" What is good battery life to you? I don't think I'd like to charge a watch more than once a week. Once a month charging would be even better.

24. Furbal unregistered

That's about what i would hope. Once a week isn't an inconvience, not way in hell would I buy one that needs to be charged daily or every other day

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