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LG confirms circular G Watch R launching in Korea on Oct. 14

After having been rumored for a launch on the 14th, Android Wear's second circular-faced watch is now confirmed for a launch mid-October. LG has issued a press release stating that the LG G Watch R will go on sale in South Korea on October 14. The G Watch R will be the second round Android Wear watch joining Motorola's Moto 360.

LG has not issued any announcements for the G Watch R's launch in any region outside of Korea at this time. We'll be sure to let you know when we hear more.

Are you interested in the G Watch R? Be sure to check our hands-on with the watch as well as our comparison with the Moto 360.

Source: LG Korea

38 Comments
  • That thing is so ugly.
  • I was just thinking that. Awesome AC.
  • The Gear S kick that butt so easily it's comical. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Your comments are comical.
  • I"m going to wait till I see it in person before go that far.
  • Ehh, that's pretty subjective, some would argue simply saying it's ugly shows a lack of thought... You can say it looks less functional than a 360 with that big raised border around the screen (and no wireless charging), or that it looks unnecessarily large... You'd be right. Could also state that the marks on the bezel are pointless. Someone else can very well say that the small wedge on the 360 bugs the hell out of them, or that they prefer the faux sports watch look. Personally I like the 360 cause I find it more ergonomic and better designed then the G Watch & Gear, and I love how it looks, I also realize it isn't for everyone tho. I'm sure this will sell well tho, many will WANT that sports watch look, not sure how many tho but there's definitely a market. This skews harder away from women and small wrists than any of the previous Wear watches tho. To me the design looks a little less authentic, but if a completely circular display is important then this is your ticket.
  • Some would say rushing to conclude someone had a lack of thought, demonstrates, well...a lack of thought. It is very ugly to me, and I have seen it on various occasions, and given it quite some thought. I have also commented more in depth elsewhere. I chose not to write a thesis here about all the many reasons that it is ugly.
  • If a completely circular display completely surrounded by a completely circular big raised non functional bezel with limiting markings, no wireless charging, no ambient light sensor, smaller screen, discomfort, ugliness, and a clunky faux (read cheap and fake looking) sportswatch is important then this is your ticket... Fixed that for you.
  • That seems to be the biggest problem, the display surrounded by the raised dial. It seems like it would be very odd and difficult to use gestures that typically involve swiping a finger off screen.
  • Which is like half the gestures on Android Wear... A lot of people like to criticize the 360's look, you see a lot of "looks like a flat tire" comments but few seem to realize there's probably a reason Moto went with that design. I don't wanna sound like a Moto fanboi (never owned a Moto phone btw), but lately they seem to put a lot more thought into usability than other OEM... Doesn't always pay off but I find it pretty appealing. Would like to see them get back to tablets.
  • Not sure why you took my comment so personally that it merited two replies, I didn't mean it as a dig. I do have a pet peeve with people calling *anything* ugly and then stopping at that, but the reasoning there is more philosophical and not worth getting into here. I even agreed with you overall, I'm not quite sure if you got that. In fact, I mentioned just about every 'con' you just alluded to in one way or another. I said the 360 was probably more ergonomic and the design felt more honest, and I mentioned wireless charging, the big bezel & permanent marks on the LG, etc. Ambient light sensor might be the only thing I didn't touch on, not sure, stupid comment interface on mobile launched me into a different reply page so i can't see my own post. I've bought two Moto 360s btw. All that being said, I know SOME people will still prefer this LG GWaR design regardless. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, everyone's entitled to their opinion, but when you start talking about stuff that's largely bought for fashion purposes putting it down by just calling it ugly rubs me wrong... Probably just the artsy pantsy side of me talking. Uninspired, fake, dishonest, and clunky are all single word adjectives that convey a lot more about what you think of the design than just ugly (and you indeed used some of those on the latter posts). On a purely technical level it's definitely less functional, from what we know.
  • The problem with online written communication, is things can often be misunderstood. I did not take your comment personally at all. Two replies were given because after I left my 1st reply, I decided to touch on another aspect of your post. It was as simple as that. And I am aware that you touched on most of the negatives I mentioned in my 2nd reply...that was on purpose. I actually, went back to your post and purposely took everything you listed and re-listed it just to make a point of how one has to be into a little more than "a completely circular display," for the G Watch R to be their "ticket," as you stated in the last line of your post.
  • My bad, it's probably I who misread the tone of a comment... I read the first line of your first post and the turning around of my post as more snark and indignation than anything but I'm probably just in no mood for cheeky cleverness this morning. Make no mistake tho, some people will buy this precisely because it's big, clunky, and completely circular. The 360's wedge doesn't bug me in the slightest, judging from the comments it bugs the hell out of many tho.
  • I just don't see this thing being a hit. Sure, people who rant and rave about "flat tires" will likely buy it, but remember, though in the context of these sites, those ranters may seem abundant, in the grand scheme of things they are not. I could be wrong, but I don't think this thing will sell lots of units (just as much as or less than the original G Watch), and I don't see it being sold out in every outlet and having a demand.
  • I own a 360 and I may buy one of these. I don't think it's ugly rather different than the 360. A different look for a different occasion is how I see it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • In contrast to many, I'm all over (in a positive way) the smartwatch phenom and was/am very excited to get multiple watches to suit my different styles and occasions. Unfortunately, for me, nothing other than the 360 has come along that does it for me. I really do want a sporty watch as I won't wear my 360 while working out, but don't like any of the other offerings. I was really hoping the ASUS watch would be it, but so far, from what I see in pics, it's appearance is nothing to write home about, either.
  • McDonald's kids toy design. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not with that diver bezel. Awful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love the design from the photos. Will need to see it live and know the price in Europe before I buy though. But on the looks alone, I'm sold. Much better than the 360. At list this one looks like a watch =P
  • I don't like the look of it. Also unsure of plastic display, I would prefer gorilla glass. Posted via Android Central App
  • I think you meant the crystal rather than the display. The crystal is NOT plastic.
  • So the crystal is glass? They always refer to the plastic oled screen, that's why I thought it was plastic. Posted via Android Central App
  • Top layer is still glass, it has a plastic OLED display rather than a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). Sunlight visibility will be interesting since the one drawback to OLED has been the power required to reach high brightness...
  • I'm sticking with my moto 360 Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • That looks massive. At first I was somewhat torn between the g Watch R and the Moto 360. Eventually I just decided to buy the moto 360 because of the more premium materials, better look, and QI charging. I'm completely satisfied with my decision. The moment I took the Moto 360 out of the box and put it on I knew I had made the right choice. Posted via Android Central App on the Moto X
  • Sounds like you and your 360 need to get a room
  • lol. Good one!
  • I'm not interested in any of the current Android Wear devices. They just don't do enough to justify the cost for my needs. Maybe by the 3rd generation of watches they'll be worth it.
  • Agreed
  • I jumped the gun and got a moto 360 I'm loving it so far but I can fully understand waiting Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • I've been waiting for the G Watch R but if it really prices around $350 or doesn't come sometime this month I'll just get the 360 and a protection plan to put my concerns about dead pixels and cracked plastic backs at ease. I don't have the patience to sit out another month without getting one of them.
  • I love my moto360 and everyone who sees it loves it also... This watch is unattractive Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love my moto360 and everyone who sees it loves it also... This watch is attractive. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I need to see this in person. I prefer the faux sportwatch look more than flat tire look of the 360.
  • I never wanted a smart watch until I saw the g watch r, Samsung crap and the Moto360 are ugly and/or plain to me, just wish it was a little thinner.
  • That's ugly and it looks really thick Posted via the Android Central App
  • Too bulky for my taste. I'll take my moto... Posted via Android Central App
  • I was 100% Sold on the 360 until I saw the G Watch R. The bezel around the screen is actually why I want it. Not because of the way it looks but because of the functionality. Do you know how many times i've dropped my wrist down and cracked the glass of my watches?! At least on an analog watch I can easily replace the glass but not on a smart watch. So that bezel is my built in insurance policy. I wish it had wireless charging but it's something I can live without. Everything else I don't really care about.