LG has launched the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, offering LTE connectivity and a larger 1.38-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 480 and a pixel density of 348ppi.
While the Watch Urbane LTE featured cellular connectivity, today's model is the first LTE-enabled smartwatch to run Android Wear, offering a nano-SIM slot. Other specs of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition include a Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB LPDDR3 RAM, 4GB storage, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, built-in GPS for location tracking, and a 570mAh battery that's designed to last an entire day. Fitness-focused features include heart rate monitoring, workout coaching and stress level monitoring.
In terms of design, the latest Watch Urbane is slightly thicker than its predecessor, and features two physical buttons on either side of the crown that provide quick access to settings such as contacts and LG Health.
You might well note that features like cellular connectivity, speakers and support for more than one button aren't actually a part of Android Wear today. Google tells Android Central that adding these things are all part of its wearables plan, and that we'll get more information in due time.
"A smartwatch should be really useful to you, even when you don't have your smartphone nearby," a Google spokesperson told Android Central via e-mail. "Over the past year, we've focused on features that make this possible, like wifi support. Next up, we're working on cellular connectivity and will share more details soon."
The new Watch Urbane will be available in four color variants: Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White, Signature Brown. The bands are non-removable this time around and are made out of hypoallergenic TPSiV elastomer. The watch is also certified IP67 for dust and water resistance.
LG mentions that the Watch Urbane 2 will debut in the United States and Korea, followed by markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
FIRST CELLULAR ANDROID WEAR SMARTWATCH PREVIEWED AT LG EVENT
Newest LG Watch Urbane is Tether-Free and Compatible with Both Android and iOS
SEOUL, Oct. 1, 2015 ― At the event to introduce the V10 smartphone, LG Electronics (LG) provided a sneak peek of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the first Android Wear device to feature cellular connectivity. With the option to connect via 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, LG's newest wearable device works seamlessly with Android smartphones or can go it alone, when carrying a smartphone isn't practical or convenient. Cellular enabled features will vary across Android and iOS.
The latest LG Watch Urbane delivers the highest resolution display of any smartwatch currently on the market today. With a resolution of 480 x 480, the new LG Watch Urbane delivers 348ppi on its 1.38-inch full circle P-OLED display. With a diameter of 44.5mm, the smartwatch resembles a classic timepiece with its hairline-etched stainless steel body and durable hypoallergenic TPSiV™ elastomer band. And to live up to the original LG Watch Urbane's great battery life, the 2nd Edition features a high-capacity 570mAh battery and Power Saving Mode to last throughout the day and more.
Three buttons adorn the right side of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition to provide quick access to shortcut settings such as contacts, LG Health and apps list. Ambient mode can now be enabled or disabled with a simple press of the crown button. In addition to the 16 included watch faces, fitness-related features such as heart rate tracking, workout tips and stress level monitoring are also offered.
"The wearable sector continues to evolve and we're playing an active role in that by bringing to market various devices that appeal to various consumers," said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "At LG, we don't think there is a one-size-fits-all wearable device. This second edition of our Watch Urbane aims to be a must-have smart device for active individuals who want to stay connected to the world, whether they're at work, at home or on the tennis court."
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition will be available first in the United States and Korea, followed by markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East. Details including price and date of availability will be announced locally at a later date.
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Operating System: Android Wear (Cell-connected Version)
- Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)
- Size: 44.5 x 14.2mm
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
- Battery: 570mAh
- Network: Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi / LTE / 3G
- Sensors: Accelerometer / Gyro / Compass / Barometer / PPG / GPS
- Color: Space Black / Opal Blue / Luxe White / Signature Brown
- Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)