LG Watch Urbane Officially Announced. Will Be Available On Google Store In 13 Countries By This Month End
LG has officially announced that LG Watch Urbane will be available in South Korea this week, with 12 more countries getting it on the Google Store before April 30. The countries the watch is available are (in alphabetic order) Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. LG has said that the price for the watch will be announced "at the time of availability".
The smartwatch will run on 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and features 1.3" P-OLED display, 4 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM, and a 410 mAh battery. It will also have a Heart Rate Sensor and comes in Rose Gold and Silver color. Another notable feature is that the Watch will be dust and water-resistant.
The LG Watch Urbane comes with new features like LG Call and LG Pulse. The LG Call allows you to see your recent calls and favorite contacts. You can also call your friends from your watch. LG Pulse sets the watch to a special fitness heart rate mode, measuring your pulse every second (with no time limit, as LG seems to think is important to note). The Watch Urbane also runs Android Wear 5.1 and has WiFi support along with a host of other new Wear features.
Remember LG only announced the Watch Urbane would be available for order by this month end, the actual shipping date was not yet announced.
LG Watch Urbane is the first new smartwatch powered by the latest version of Android Wear which works seamlessly 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 that makes launching favorite apps and getting in touch with friends easier than ever before with everything now front-and-center.
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 new and useful 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. And LG Pulse takes health monitoring to a whole new level by 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).
"The LG Watch Urbane is the third Android Wear device introduced by LG in the past year which demonstrates our commitment to this platform," said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "More importantly, LG Watch Urbane is a perfect example that Android Wear watches can be functional and beautiful and a useful accessory that complements any wardrobe. No one would mistake LG Watch Urbane for a computer on your wrist."
Price and additional purchase details will be announced locally at the time of availability.
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
Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer / PPG (Heart Rate Sensor)
Color: Rose Gold / Silver
Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)