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

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Ridiculously beautiful?

9. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

No Moto 360 is ridiculously beautiful....

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

no moto was beautiful and like i said last month they waited to long and now all the round android wear watches capitalizing on the newer tech and the corrections from the first gen they did, i am sorry to say moto has doomed them selves

29. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

i don't know if they waited too long... or if they teased too early. either way... this lg watch looks like crap in comparison. i would also like to point out that another company is actually referencing moto in their ad. as in they know moto is a threat. that is a pretty big compliment.

37. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It doesn't look like crap, it looks like a regular watch. Not everyone likes geeky looking watches, and the Moto 360's black bar at the bottom which houses the light sensor looks bad, very bad. This is coming from someone who absolutely detested the first G watch design.

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

love it

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

G Watch buyers would be pissed off.

16. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Why did their watch suddenly stop working?

27. Busyboy unregistered

No, but their watches already got replaced by something better in a couple months time.

32. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

G Watch owners already knew the much better Moto 360 is being released soon, at least now LG has a decent competitor to the Moto 360

35. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I'm not surprised one bit. They can't wait a full year to bring something new to the table. You either keep releasing product or get left behind. And I wouldn't mind buying the first LG watch if it hits below $90.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Kudos to LG. Looks like a good design -- completely round, button on the side for easy access.

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.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

" LG can't come up with anything original, now copying Motorola." Because Motorola invented the round watch? Lol. Besides, only Apple has enough money to pay the USPTO for the "round smart watch" patent :)

12. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I really wonder, what will you say after samsung released rounded smartwatch ?

30. banglazbless

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Samsung have a patent for round face back in 2010, I'll advise you to go look that up before you start your "Samsung copy Moto 360" design argument when it arrives. I Don't know when LG decides to make a round watch but it certainly looks like a me too type of thing or better yet do it before Samsung does lol.

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

7. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

looks better than square watches but i like moto360 more

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" :)

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.

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

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: 4146; 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

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