LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is official: the first Android Wear device with cellular connectivity

Apart from unveiling the curious dual-display, dual-selfie camera V10 earlier today, LG also lifted the veil on the second generation of its Urbane Watch wearable. Give a warm and hearty hello to the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the first member of the Android Wear family to feature cellular connectivity. 

What does this mean, simply said? Well, just unlike other gadgets powered by Google's smartwatch platform, the second-gen Watch Urbane is a standalone device that doesn't exclusively require to pair it with a compatible Android or iOS device. No smartphone? No problem! Thanks to the cellular connectivity on board, you can use the majority of its features without the need of tethering it to a handset. Still, you are most likely going to use it with one, but you are now practically enabled to "forget" your handset at home and never miss a notification while you're out in the wild. Of course, you can also tether it via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
In the hardware part, the Watch Urbane is a water- and dust-tight smartwatch that features "hairline-etched stainless steel body" and a "hypoallergenic TPSiV™ elastomer band". It now features two additional buttons on the right side, which are aiding the crown button in the navigation part. 

On top, we find a 1.38-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 480 x 480 pixels, making up a pixel density of 348ppi. Not too shabby at all. As a refresher, the first Watch Urbane had a 1.38-inch P-OLED display, but with a resolution of just 320 by 320 pixels. Below it, we have a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, paired with 768MB of LPDDR3 RAM; there's also 4GB of storage. Powering the whole shebang is a 570mAh battery unit; LG has also thrown in a Power Saving Mode feature to aid the smartwatch's endurance. An accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and GPS have also made the cut.

Moving on the the software feature of the second-gen Watch Urbane, we find out that it will allow its users to enable Ambient Mode by simply pressing the crown button. The wrist-worn gadget also features a host of fitness-centric functionalities, like heartrate tracking, stress level monitoring, and workout tips. Oh, LG has also thrown in 16 watchfaces on board for good measure.

And now, we need to talk about the availability of the cellular data-enabled Watch Urbane - LG will offer it in the US and South Korea at first, but will arrive to select markets in Europe, CIS, Asia, and the Middle East. Pricing is not yet known at this point. 

All in all, it seems that the Tizen-running Samsung Gear S2, which also comes with cellular connectivity, might have some competition coming its way. How do you feel about the second-gen Watch Urbane?

source: LG 



22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's actually too big. Gear S2 is much better actually. All smart watches use stainless steel now except the low end Apple Watch and the older Android Wear devices. And the Huawei watch looks too thick too, they didn't hide the thickness as well as the others. The Gear S2 wins by default because it's the least offensive imo.

21. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Best smarthwatch so far....like the stainless steal disign..i like that it can act independently for making calls..gear s2 doesnt look so good compared to this now.

19. DFranch

Posts: 568; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

570mAh is a lot bigger battery than anybody else is using. Hopefully, it will get at least 2 days. It looks good too!

23. DFranch

Posts: 568; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Not thrilled that the cellular antenna is built into the band. So, only LG bands are supported. Especially as I have no desire to use my watch as a stand alone phone.

12. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Nice looking watch. I like the watchface.

9. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Another watch that looks better and more useful than the apple watch

14. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well... Surpassing the Apple Watch is not even difficult nowadays. :-)) This time Apple came to the party too late and empty handed.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Looks like I may have found a successor to my G Watch R.

7. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Is there NFC?

20. Dennys

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

According to GSMArena it will have NFC and GPS

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks better than the Moto 360.

5. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

This looks like a proper watch against the Gear S2 which looks like a cheap plastic cracker toy.

4. wando77

Posts: 1170; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Looks real good if not a little big

3. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Looks good, if it's not too big it would be great.

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Beast of a watch!

1. maherk

Posts: 7086; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I love the new design, definitely much better than the Gear S2 classic.

10. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Oh definitely. I didn't even like the Gear S2 at the first place, the Swatch of the smartwatches. I think Samsung tried hard to appeal to both men and women, whereas it seems that LG are consiously focussing on male customers, forget about this unisex thing (which anyway it doesn't work for many even in traditional wristwatch market) and instead focus on something proper.

11. maherk

Posts: 7086; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

While I liked the S2, I wasn't too sure about the Classic version. They ruined it with the zigzag bezels, would ve been much better if they kept it simple and modern like the sportier version. Still, in terms of looks, nothing comes close to the Huwaei Watch.

15. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The Huawei Watch is so perfect that lacks personality for me. I like more either the iconic, super simple circle of both Moto 360s or the more complex, detailed image of this Urbane 2nd Edition.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7668; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This watch has 3 buttons. The S2 uses its round bezel for input, which is very unique. The S2 has Tizen, this watch uses Android Wear. I prefer Android Wear over Tizen, especially since there is more apps for Android Wear now then Tizen. if wish Samsung would have made another Android Wear device other than their Gear Live. If Samsung would have made the S2 with Android Wear, then I would buy it.

13. Cn_Se

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

One of the greatest smartwatch designs I've seen (I still prefer Moto 360 1st gen though) but isn't it too thick ? at 14.2 ? btw, I'm going to buy a refurbished 1st gen moto metal band for less than 150, any suggestions ?

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7668; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The first gen still works fine. You will only get 1 day, but luckily its wireless charging is pretty fast. The second gen Moto 360 has a bigger battery, faster and more power efficient processor, higher resolution and more power efficient display. Plus two sizes. If you don't mind the watch band lugs on the new 360, then I would advise you to get the new Moto 360. It's really nice to see this watch support LTE while running Android Wear.

24. Cn_Se

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

thanks I'm on a very tight budget actually, and I just want to get this and sell it a few months later, just to test it out :)

17. maherk

Posts: 7086; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't. Had it for 5 months and it was a nightmare to use in lots of days. It's main problem is it's inconsistency. Some days it will run without any hiccups and will last you the whole day, other days you ll have nothing but a super lagging device with it lasting less than 2 hrs of usage. I had it dying in less than 30 minutes. I would get the Zenwatch for that price. Plus, brand new ones are sold for less than that on Amazon.

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