LG Electronics will begin the global rollout of its LG Watch Urbane this week in South Korea to be followed by key markets in North America, Europe and Asia in the weeks to come. Starting from this month, the wearable device will be available to consumers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States (Google Store.)
Unveiled at MWC 2015, the LG Watch Urbane features a modern design, full-circle 1.3-inch P-OLED display, a full metal body with a leather strap. The stainless steel body is available in a rose gold and silver. The band can be exchanged with any replacement 22mm leather, silicone or metal strap.
LG Watch Urbane is the first new smartwatch powered by the latest version of Android Wear which works with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above. Some of the features available for the first time on any Android Wear device include Wi-Fi connectivity, always-on apps to keep the display from going dark when running, navigating or even grocery shopping and an improved UX.
The latest OS allows users to send emojis by drawing them directly on the LG Watch Urbane. Draw a smiley face, a clock showing a certain time or any other pictures and Android Wear will match your drawing to the closest Unicode emoji for sending to another Android Wear watch, smartphone, or computer. Other improvements include the ability to change the font size and see notifications even when looking at another function on the display, such as directions. What’s more, the screen on the LG Watch Urbane can now be set to lock automatically when it is removed from the wrist.
Included in LG Watch Urbane are two extra features not available on other Android Wear devices: LG Call and LG Pulse. LG Call allows the wearer to access recent calls and the favorite contacts list on the connected smartphone to dial out directly from the watch. When connected to a Bluetooth headset, there is no need to remove the phone from one’s pocket to place a call. The LG Pulse is measuring the wearer’s heart rate every second during exercise with no maximum time limit. At the end of the activity, LG Pulse will report the average heart rate over the entire duration of the activity and display a heart rate graph on LG Health (coming soon).
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Operating System: Android Wear
- Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi)
- Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR2
- Battery: 410mAh
- Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer /
- PPG (Heart Rate Sensor)
- Color: Rose Gold / Silver
- Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)