LG to announce 4G-enabled G Watch R2 at MWC 2015?

LG to announce 4G-enabled G Watch R2 at MWC 2015?
Business Korea reports that LG will showcase a 4G-enabled smartwatch in 2015. Faster network support will be introduced to accommodate larger data transfers, which is a prerequisite for more advanced wearable devices to come. The one in question is tentatively called the LG G Watch R2, which doesn't sound like an all-new device, but more like a revision of the circular G Watch R we know and love. 

This doesn't mean LG can't add unsuspected goodies and refinements to the second generation G Watch R, but for now, we can only confirm the 4G/LTE connectivity. It's not known whether the device will offer calls over data, either. The current-gen LG G Watch R supports 3G and Wi-Fi data and offers no calls. Out of big brand smartwatches, only the Samsung Gear S has this functionality. 

Samsung will probably come up with a similar 4G-enabled smartwatch too. Not only it has to keep up competition with its Korean rival, but both companies will have to face off against the Apple Watch this year. If we know them, this means stuffing as much technology as possible inside the tiny watch body and hoping for the best.

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8 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple - take notes...

2. AndroidLollipop unregistered

Wondering its impact on the battery life.

3. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I actually don't love my smartphone like so many people. I am eagerly waiting for the day when a nice looking watch can completely replace my need for a "phone". Any web surfing I do is almost always done on my desktop or laptop. The Gear S is actually really bad ass in person, but requiring a galaxy phone just to activate it plus it having terrible battery life means it is simply not enough to replace my smartphone. May 2015 bring twice as many smart watches as 2014 did and may they be twice as powerful and useful.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I would be happy with simple 3G and killer battery life. I can't think of any reason to have a 4G connection with the watch, it's not as though I'll be downloading high resolution feature length films onto the device. I simply would like to get notifications, weather updates, maybe lost phone tracking... The stuff that I would want a smart watch for wouldn't really have a need for that kind of network speed.

5. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I agree. 3G is more than enough for watch stuff.

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It could be a meant for use on VoLTE if they're planning on doing calling with it.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

4G uses less power than 3G as its more efficient But 2G uses less power than 4G

6. shinywindow unregistered

Smartwatches are a useless gimmick that will fade away lime betamax.

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