LG teases the G Watch R, and you probably know what the "R" means


Last week, we heard that LG was working on another Android Wear device. The rumor stated that it would be the LG G Watch 2, implying that it was a direct sequel and might even replace the current G Watch; but, that wasn't right. In fact, LG is simply expanding its Android Wear lineup with the LG G Watch R. Even more, LG is directly calling out the Moto 360 for not being perfectly round. 

LG has released a teaser video for the device, which gives flashes of different parts of the G Watch R. The basic impression from the video is that this will be a round-faced watch, but if you mash together all of the pieces from the video, you get a full look at a render of LG's next smartwatch (as seen above). It appears to be designed to look like a classic wristwatch, and the render implies a metal body. The video also alludes to a step counter and compass in the watch. 

The most direct comparison is of course the Moto 360, since it is the only other round Android Wear device that we've seen. The Moto 360 isn't completely round, because the display drivers and ambient light sensor needed a place to live. The teaser goes slow-motion when it hits the part where the Moto 360 has its black bar, and says the G Watch R will be perfectly round. The G Watch R render has a wider bezel than the 360, which could be used to hide the display drivers; and, to be perfectly round, we have to assume the watch doesn't have an ambient light sensor. 

LG is expected to have the G Watch R at IFA, which starts September 5th in Berlin, but it is unclear if LG will show it off to the public or just corporate partners. Last week, an LG official called the G Watch R a "game changer". After seeing this teaser, do you agree?


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46 Comments

45. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Guess I'll add my 2cents but correct me if I'm wrong. Didn't samsung knock off HTC sense with developing touch wiz. So people stop saying who is knocking off who. Just like apple ain't the first in making products but they make it from a regular product to a great product.

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Looks like my Bulova but with a plastic band. I like the 360 Movado look better but the 360 might be too big and this one not so much. Tough decision....

41. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Looks good! I can't wait! Moto 360 is nice too, but they really took their time to release it. Now they got a direct competitor on their heels. If LG release it to the market before they do, it would be a slap in their face. Then they should probably sack their marketing team.

40. f_u_006

Posts: 127; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

R for rednecks?

39. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Seems to be as beautiful or probably even more beautiful than the unobtanium moto 360!

38. n00b_wolf

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

I can't wait to see actual photos and videos of the watch. Hopefully it lives up to its hype

36. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Looks really nice. REALLY NICE.

34. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Do you realize that the Moro 360 does not have a truly round display? The watch is physically round, but the display has a black border on the bottom. Not so beautiful now huh?http://www.phonearena.com/news/Moto-360-to-be-the-first-Android-Wear-device-with-an-ambient-light-sensor_id58598

20. BigBoss10

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Smartwatch is for retards :D

23. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Then you should totally sign up for one ;)

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

i was going to say he should get 10

26. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

He is waiting for the iWatch :)

46. Carlosfrancoz

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

I was thinking the same thing! lol

17. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

In any event smartwatches are in their infancy stages. Detractors who wonder whether or not they're useful are right in a sense. But as more specialized processors come out, and the convergence of strengths of other platforms/features take place (pebbles battery life, wireless charging, Qualcomm's mirasol display, ir blasters, etc). It'll be fairly compelling imo.

14. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Just like tablets smart watches are sorta useless...

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It's early on with the smart watch technology. Give it 3-5 years and these things will be much cheaper and ubiquitous, just like Casio watches. The batteries will last a lot longer, perhaps even indefinitely, like the Citizen Eco watches.

42. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

My one Eco drive is pushing seven years with same rechargeable battery, little over projected five year life on it +1

28. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

The first few generations of most technology is not that great. Once technology is designed more for this purpose the abilities of a smart watch will unfold and possibly even replace the phones of today. But smart phones will continue to evolve and advance so I think watches will trail for a long time.

13. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I still don't understand the needs of a smartwatch.. Smartphone is more than enough for now..

24. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats because you dont have one and you cant appreciate the use of the watch v getting the phone out every notification or make text or calls

11. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I like it but it doesn't look like an LG design... It just looks like a stereotypical watch. The Moto 360 is at least more unique.

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I can already feel that this going to be a fail...

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Said the round pink cat :)

31. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Said the Grumpy Cat :(

33. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Everyone will remember you are really "Round Pink Cat" :)

7. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

looks better than square watches but i like moto360 more

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

BTW. These round displays on watches remind me of the Sharp display that can be put to any shape. I thought it's the only display that can be other than square, but I believe that's not the case then? What's the difference in that Sharp display then? Yeah this question might sound stupid but anyways :) Here's the link:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sharp-announces-Free-Form-Display-panels-breaks-free-of-rectangle-constraints_id57265

4. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Samsung knock off LG can't come up with anything original, now copying Motorola.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Because Motorola is the only company in the world that has the rights to produce and sell a circular smart watch, right?

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

well art moto does have the pattern rights to the round display from 2007 i am not sure how far it extends but i think the others will be paying moto. but no one will care about moto it did not come out after the hype.

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