CES 2015 was the birthplace of many wearable tech devices, but they mainly revolved around fitness trackers. So the idea of a slick and stylish smartwatch itself gets us all starry-eyed and excited.
That’s exactly how we feel about the launch of LG’s new and official LG Watch Urbane smartwatch – the company’s first all-metal luxury Android Wear device. The timepiece is an upmarket version of the G Watch R, but adds both style and tech flare.
According to LG, the smartwatch is “designed for a sophisticated and cosmopolitan wearer”. It added that unlike the LG G Watch R, which was designed for active users, the LG Watch Urbane is a formal wear perfect for both men and women.
And we can't deny, it’s quite the stunner. It boasts a 1.3in full circular Plastic OLED display (since a lot of people dig the circular-faced smartwatches), narrow screen bezels, a stainless steel body that comes in a polished silver or gold finish, as well as a stitched leather band. The strap can also be replaced with any other 22mm wide band.
Style meets substance
If you’re after its innards, it packa a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1.2GHz Cpu chipset, 4GB of built-in memory, 512MB of RAM, and is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance.
It also includes a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor that can measure a wearer’s heart rate and average pulse during exercise and will come out of the box compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above.
The wearable device was probably due for unveil at MWC 2015, but we’re guessing LG couldn’t contain its secret for another few weeks and was dying to share it with the world. The device will be showcased at the event, so we’ll try to get a wrist-on preview if possible and update you on its price and availability.