While Samsung isn’t as aggressive as last year in plugging one of its smartwatches alongside the newest Galaxy S flagship phones, instead greatly hyping up the Gear VR headset, you can still catch the occasional Gear S2 bundle deal and publicity stunt.
But that’s nothing compared to how shy LG seemed in relation to its own wearable devices on the heels of G5’s formal introduction. There’s a simple explanation for that, of course, as the original Watch Urbane is a little old and unexciting, and the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE a little… faulty. More than a little, actually, with its commercial launch abruptly canceled last fall.
We still don’t know exactly what caused the setback, but LG must have finally ironed out the cellular-connected timepiece’s kinks, since AT&T again takes pre-orders for it online. The estimated shipping date right now is March 29 – 30, and at least if you opt for a two-year contract, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is hardly expensive.
It’s only $200, or $360 outright, and it looks just as handsome as we remember. The POLED screen is large and sharp, at 1.38 inches and 480 x 480 pixels resolution, the 570 mAh battery sounds plenty spacious to keep the lights on for north of a day, and obviously, the key selling point remains standalone 4G LTE connectivity.
That means you can make and receive voice calls on your wrist even without a synched-up smartphone. Speaking of, the Android Wear gadget works just as well at the side of Android handhelds and iPhones. Hopefully, its malfunctions are truly a thing of the past.