Of the Android Wear watches we’ve heard confirmed so far, there’s little denying that the Motorola Moto 360 is the star; the round, seemingly bezelless design is unlike any smartwatch we’re familiar with. But while the Moto 360 may be the flashier option, we’d be doing ourselves a disservice to let that model distract us altogether from LG and its G Watch, the company’s own Android Wear offering. So far, we haven’t really had many opportunities to get a good look at the hardware, but today not only do some great hands-on pics of a G Watch prototype arrive, but we get to hear a little about LG’s work towards a possible sequel.
While the G Watch depicted here is a non-functional prototype, that’s reportedly the watch’s final design, so its external appearance should be consistent with the eventual commercial release. The strap will be replaceable, and unlike Motrola’s wireless charging system, the presence of contact points on the back here suggests that LG will introduce some sort of pogo-pin-using charging cradle.
It’s also noteworthy that the G Watch will not feature any accessible physical buttons – we can see one on the bottom next to those contacts, but there’s nothing on the edges, nor the watch’s face. Apparently the G Watch will hit retail in the UK by July with a price of about 180 sterling.
What about that sequel? Rumors out of Taiwan claim that following the G Watch’s release, LG has another smartphone coming out sometime before the end of the year. There’s no mention about how this one might differ from the G Watch or improve upon it, leaving the details to our imaginations. Perhaps this second one might be a round design, giving LG customers both options?