LG electronics is all set to unveil its first ever all metal Android Wear device named ‘LG watch Urbane’ at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This will be a third offering by the South Korean multinational conglomerate in its line of Android Wear devices after LG G watch and LG G watch R.
Like it’s predecessor G watch R, the first smartwatch with a Plastic OLED (P- OLED) display launched in October last year, Urbane will sport a circular display too. LG claims that while G watch R was designed keeping in mind an ‘active user’, Urbane is more formal with a thinner profile and will appeal to men and women alike. The stylish watch has a stainless steel body, available in polished silver or gold, complimented by an aesthetic natural leather stitched strap. The strap can be replaced with any 22mm wide band to suit the occasion or the wearer’s mood.
Mr. Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company had this to say about LG’s latest venture into the smartwatch division -“The LG Watch Urbane’s classic design and smart features make it the perfect smartwatch to complement our G Watch and G Watch R, which were designed as more casual and active devices. LG Watch Urbane is an important part of our strategy to develop wearable devices that are worn and viewed as everyday accessories, not electronic gadgets.”
Urbane will run on Android Wear and will be compatible with smartphones running on Anroid 4.3 and above. If we look at the specs of the watch itself there is no difference from its predecessor apart from the size.
Key specifications of the watch:
• Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
• Operating System: Android Wear™
• Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi)
• Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
• Memory: 4GB eMMC/ 512MB LPDDR2
• Battery: 410mAh
• Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer / PPG (Heart Rate Sensor)
• Colors: Gold / Silver
• Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)
Though this is just the global unveil, only time will tell when and at what price Urbane will be available in India considering that the G watch R is still not available in the country. Although, we can speculate the price of Urbane to be not much higher than the $300 (approx. Rs. 18,600) considering that they’ve only changed the look and size.