It looks like LG really isn't keen on waiting for IFA to reveal some of its new products. Yesterday we detailed the announcement of the LG G3 Stylus, and today LG is giving a sneak peak at its first smartwatch with a round face. It's called the LG G Watch R, and as you may have guessed, the R stands for round. 

At its core, the G Watch R is basically the same device as the original G Watch. It uses Qualcomm's APQ8026 quad Cortex-A7 part running at 1.2GHz, paired with an Adreno 305 and 512MB of RAM plus 4GB of NAND. It also retains the G Watch's IP67 rating for submersion in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. The battery receives a small 10mAh bump from 400mAh to 410mAh. A heart rate monitor has been added, taking away one of Samsung's points of differentiation with their Gear Live smartwatch.

The real changes come with the display and the build. The original G Watch has a square display. The G Watch R sports a 1.3" plastic OLED (P-OLED) display with a 320x320 resolution (which likely means the vertical and horizontal resolution at the watch's widest points in those directions) that takes up 100% of the watch face. This contrasts with the yet to be released Moto 360 which has a 1.5" rounded display but has a segment at the bottom which isn't part of the usable display area. The display is surrounded by a stainless steel bezel and frame, and comes with a leather strap.

The G Watch R is the first smartwatch I've seen that really looks like a traditional analog watch. The Moto 360 is definitely up there with it, but for me the gap in the display on the Moto 360 takes away from it significantly.

LG says that the G Watch R will be available in Q4 of this year. There's no word on pricing but it'll likely be higher than the standard G Watch which currently sells for $229. More details about the G Watch R will be revealed soon at IFA Berlin.

Source: LG via Android Police

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  • CZroe - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    "The G Watch R is the first smartwatch I've seen that really looks like a traditional analog watch. The Moto 360 is definitely up there with it, but for me the gap in the display on the Moto 360 takes away from it significantly."

    Try the positively ancient (and yet to be duplicated) Sony Ericsson MBW series Bluetooth smart watches. My MBW-150 Music Edition smartwatch looks like an analog watch because it IS an analog watch. It still has all the smartwatch functions I want, including notifications, caller ID, call rejection, current media title, playback controls, vibration, and discrete call rejection.
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  • Morawka - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Looks like a rendering to me. Reply
  • silenceisgolden - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Agreed. In my opinion, this looks like a desperate attempt to steal hype from the Moto 360 launch, so even though there is a sliver of non-usable screen on the LG I'd rather have something that isn't a render. Reply
  • Impulses - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    I'm ready to give Moto my money, even in light of these recent announcements from LG/ASUS/etc... 360 launch is still like a week away tho isn't it? Ugh... Get your stuff together Moto! Reply
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    There's no doubt about that, but I'm confused as to why they don't have renders of it doing more than just "watch stuff". Texts? Calls? Pron? Reply
  • Impulses - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Looks nice, but unless it supports wireless charging I'd probably still opt for the Moto (which does support it). I'm curious about the size...

    Even tho everyone seems to believe the 360 will be huge it's actually about as small or a smidge smaller than the original G Watch (look up the leaked photos from that Italian site).
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  • saliti - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Looks better than Moto 360. Although most commentators here would show sympathy for Motorola since it was an American company (when compared to non-American companies) which is understandable I guess. Reply
  • UberLaff - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Check it out. It's just a watch.

    (Seriously, they're not showing anything smart about this. They just made a rendering of a watch.)
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  • Essam Auf - Monday, September 01, 2014 - link

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