LG officially announces G Watch R, a powerful Android Wear circle

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LG looks like it’s saving nothing in terms of device launches for the IFA 2014 trade show next week. It’s already gone official with the L Fino and L Bello entry-level smartphones, the midrange G3 Stylus, and is now announcing for real the LG G Watch R, a Moto 360 competitor if there’s ever been one.

The smartwatch is allegedly the first watch-style wearable in the world to be using circular P-OLED display tech and utilize 100% of the watch face (sorry Moto 360, that black bar at the bottom is really costing you). Speaking of that display, it’s a 1.3-inch panel. And while we’re on specs, we may as well give a rundown of the basic features here – with a full-blown specs post following. There’s a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM, among other premium specs (well, for a smartwatch).

Of course, this watch runs on Google’s Android Wear platform, with a UI we’re assuming is probably quite similar to the one that can be found on the current-generation LG G Watch. There’s support for the optical heart rate sensor feature in Android Wear built-in to the watch, too, for you fitness buffs.

One of the major selling points of the G Watch R is that metal, circular body. LG takes pride in the elegance of the stainless steel-framed watch, and says it has an “artisanal elegance.” There’s a user-replaceable 22mm calf skin leather watchband too, which we’re sure many of you are glad to hear.

And lastly: the price. Just kidding. The G Watch R will be available in the early fourth quarter in a variety of markets, but pricing and availability details will be announced at a later date. We’ll have two members of our team checking the thing out at IFA next week though, so we’ll share hands-on impressions as soon as we can.

Source: LG

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