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LG's G Watch Is Now Available To Purchase in USA

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 comments

In addition to launching the LG G Pad 10.1 Android tablet on Monday, LG Electronics also unleashed a new Google Wear-based LG G Watch, which is now available on the Google Play Store for $229 USD. The watch sports a 1.65-inch screen that is "always on," meaning users can glance at information without having to press buttons or wake the screen.

"As one of the first Android Wear devices to market, we see this as the beginning of a long-term commitment to making wearables running Android Wear a household name," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "We're confident that once consumers see how useful and compelling LG G Watch can be, it will be integrated into their daily lives, just as smartphones have done."

In addition to the screen, the smartwatch is powered by a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of RAM and a "large" 400 mAh battery. Also included in this watch is 4 GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, three sensors and a dust and water resistance rating of IP67. The watch arrives in Black Titan and White Gold.

Some of the watch's main features include compatibility with any Android phone using Android 4.3 or higher. The device also provides a simple new user interface that relies on cards, which provides useful information to the wearer when needed. The watch also boasts accurate voice recognition that allows users to get things done by asking questions.

As a comparison, Samsung's Gear Live, which is available now, also uses Google's Android Wear platform, and costs $199. This device includes a processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity. Unlike LG's model, Samsung has included a heart rate sensor along with the accelerometer, digital compass and gyroscope. The 300 mAh battery promises one full day of use.

"LG G Watch will be available both online and offline in twelve countries: United States, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan and South Korea," states the press release. "In fifteen other countries, among which include key markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand, the LG G Watch will be available at retailers. Prices will be announced locally in each market."

To purchase the LG G Watch now, head over to Google Play Store here.

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    kawininjazx , July 8, 2014 1:04 PM
    Yea right, every smart watch drops 50% of it's price in 3 months, don't even buy it when it first comes out.
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    teh_chem , July 8, 2014 5:31 PM
    These are just ugly, clunky, miniature tablets with limited functionality, terrible battery life, and a wristband attached to them. The only reason 'smart watches' even came about is because device companies ran out of things to do with phones, and this is an easy port. A solution in search of a problem (where none exists) rather than making something novel and functional.
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    falchard , July 9, 2014 1:36 PM
    What's the battery life on these? I can't imagine its long due to the form factor. They are smaller than the traditional phone battery running on phone hardware.
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    urbanman2004 , July 10, 2014 5:16 AM
    looks the same as the gear watch. one word: flop
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