LG G Watch R now official, a circular watch to compete with Moto 360

Earlier this week, we saw a teaser from LG introducing its new circular variant of the G Watch, and the company has now made it official. LG has announced the G Watch R and it will be showcased at the IFA next month. The company claims it to be the first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display and utilise 100 percent of its watch face.


It sports a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display, directly competing with the highly anticipated Moto 360 that is also expected to be launched around IFA. The G Watch R is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 512MB RAM and fuelled by a 410mAh battery. One can expect 4GB onboard storage. Unlike the newly announced Samsung Gear S, it runs Android Wear, Google's OS especially crafted for wearables.


Just like most the wearables , the G watch R has been built to sustain liquid spills. However, the company claims that with an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67, it is designed to run for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water. It is also dust resistant.


The classic circular device is encased in a strong, durable stainless steel frame and carries a suite of watch faces that can be accessed with a simple touch of the display. It also gets interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap.


“What we’ve noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is a category that can’t be compared to smartphones and tablets,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Wearables are also accessories and consumers will want more than one to choose from. So we wanted to complement the modern design of the original G Watch with the classic look of the G Watch R. Customers can’t go wrong with either device.”


The LG G Watch R will reach markets by the fourth quarter of 2014. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch.

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