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LG reveals a circular smartwatch, the G Watch R

Has a rounded face for a more traditional look than the original G Watch
Thu Aug 28 2014, 15:20

LG HAS ANNOUNCED a smartwatch that looks like a traditional round watch.

LG's rather awkwardly named G Watch R is the Korean firm's second smartwatch, but it has a round face for a more traditional look than the original G Watch that the firm announced not too long ago in June.

LG officially reveals circular G Watch R with improved design and familiar features

Like the G Watch, the G Watch R runs Google's Android Wear operating system (OS), but features a circular touchscreen measuring 1.3in diameter as opposed to the G Watch's rectangular 1.65in display. The G Watch R's display also has a larger 320x320 resolution than the G Watch's 280x280 resolution screen.

Running Android Wear, the G Watch R comes equipped with a heart rate monitor and is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM. It also has 4GB of internal storage.

There's no word on price yet, but the LG said that we can expect the G Watch R in the fourth quarter. It will most likely be at the company's booth at IFA, so check back for a hands-on review next week, when we hope to get a closer look.

Also on Thursday, rival Korean vendor Samsung revealed the Gear S, its next-generation smartwatch that can make and receive calls with its own 3G connection.

The Gear S is Samsung's first standalone smartwatch. Samsung said it will "deliver the most advanced wearable experience yet" by integrating 3G connectivity for the first time, since users don't have to rely on the internet connection of a smartphone linked to the watch via Bluetooth.

Earlier this week, LG announced a rival to the widely anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Named the G3 Stylus, the smartphone is another take on the firm's flagship G3 smartphone with a productivity twist, and LG announced it quietly in a blog post.

Featuring a 5.5in QHD IPS display and powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, the G3 Stylus' unique feature is the proprietary "Rubberdium stylus pen", which like the Galaxy Note, allows users to scribble notes with pre-loaded programs, such as LG's Quickmemo+ app. µ


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