LG Ups-The-Ante On Apple With New LG Watch Urbane
LG has announced a new Android Wear smartwatch called the LG Watch Urbane. The new smartwatch features a luxurious all-metal casing and will be available in gold and silver finishes. There is no word on pricing yet, but from the LG has stated that the Watch Urbane will be at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks.
From the looks of it, this looks like a direct competitor to the highly anticipated Apple Watch that is expected to drop in early April. While there are plenty of other Android Wear smartwatches out there, none of them have really set the world alight, apart from maybe the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R.
That said, both of them are nearing on the 6 month old mark, which in tech terms is pretty long, especially for a new category where innovation is expected to move very, very quickly for the first few generations.
The Apple Watch aside, the LG Watch Urbane is also a more direct competitor to the sleek Moto 360 than the G Watch R was. They both share an all metal body with swappable bands, and both come with a nice leather band as standard.
The Watch Urbane will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage and comes with a heart rate sensor. On the face of it, it really is just a facelifted G Watch R. There is not mention of pricing or shipping information so far, but we’d expect it to be closely matched to the Apple Watch (probably undercutting it slightly).