LG G Watch R tipped to hit the shelves on October 14, high retail price seemingly confirmed

LG G Watch R tipped to hit the shelves on October 14, high retail price seemingly confirmed
LG's second smartwatch and the world's first completely round wearable that comes from a major manufacturer, the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch R, is purportedly hitting the shelves on October 14. Previously, we had heard that the wristworn wearable will flaunt an EUR 299 price tag, which would probably command a $299 one for the USA. This was unveiled by the German branch of LG itself, and while there are no other rumors according the price tag, we can assume that the G Watch R will indeed pack such a hefty retail price. Moreover, an LG representative has reportedly confirmed that the G Watch R will initially cost more than the G Watch, which came with a $230 price tag right off the bat.

This would make it the most expensive Android Wear device money can buy at the moment. The G Watch R is made of stainless steel, has an IP67 certification, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage space. A 410mAh battery keeps the lights on. It has a completely round, 1.3" POLED display (plastic OLED), which, unlike the noteworthy Moto 360, does not waste the real estate of the round screen.

The wearable will have to stand up against some pretty harsh rivals once it gets out in mid-October. Samsung already has a worthy lineup of Android Wear and Tizen-powered smartwatches, Asus already revealed its ZenWatch at IFA 2014, and the Motorola Moto 360 is just around the corner, as well.

source: The Wall Street Journal

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14 Comments

1. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Am I the only one who thinks this watch only looks good when a watch face is on. Any other thing looks weird due to its bezels. Moto 360 still the Apple of my eye

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7176; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Motorola is starting to ship out to the original people at Google I/O their Moto 360's. So technically Moto 360 was the first to ship. Also Motorola could surprise us with a ship date sooner then October 14. We will know tomorrow for sure.

10. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I agree. I think the Moto 360 looks far better. I especially like the absolutely ridiculous comments about the LG watch being the only true ROUND watch.. as if the slight small flat spot on the display detracts from it. That goofy bezel on the G watch looks pretty silly to me.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

how can they say this is expensive? I'd rather buy the LG R watch than the SAMSUNG watch or the sony SMW3. Now i have to decide LG R or the Moto 360

2. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

If i get a smart watch it'll either be this or moto 360.. right now i'm more inclined towards the latter.

11. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I say wait 6 months. If the last year has told us anything, its that these watches are evolving faster than the speed of light...

14. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

There is always new tech around the corner. Sometime you have to make the jump.

3. drazwy

Posts: 354; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

I'm disappointed with how thick the 360 looks in the latest leaks. Can't wear a brick on my arm.

8. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Unless you are 60 years old then I don't see the problem with your complaint about the thickness of the Moto 360. I am 27, I have 4 Sector watches, 1 Zodiac, 2 Invicta Venom, 2 Diesel, and all of them are thicker than the 360, much thicker. Just search on ebay for the best watches out there and you ll notice that thickness and 52mm diameter watches are the most sold nowadays.

5. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The LG r has a bigger bezel that's why it can have a full round screen

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

These "smartwatches" should be $150 tha most..when the hype dies off, they will be cheaper

9. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Says the marketing expert. lol

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No.. Its just common sense....

15. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

So is common sense to know the cost of R&D, marketing, parts, distribution and other stuff?

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