LG’s global site has updated its page on the G Watch smartwatch, revealing some new details about the Android Wear-powered wrist-piece.
The site confirms that the G Watch will be water- and dust-proof (very useful traits for a watch, in our opinion), that it will come in two colour options (“Stealth Black” and “Champagne Gold”) and, perhaps most interestingly, that it will features an always-on screen.
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The always-on screen might seem like an obvious feature for a smartwatch – after all, you’d expect a traditional wristwatch to display the time all the time – but battery conservation means that some of the G Watch’s rivals can’t pull it off. The Samsung Gear 2, for instance, saves power by shutting its screen off until the movement of the wearer’s arm wakes it up.
The G Watch will be among the first wave of Android Wear devices to go on sale, and it’s been reported it will be available before the end of July for “less than £180 (S$374)”. That undercuts the pricing of both the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Gear 2.
Update 08/07: Well, that was earlier than we expected. LG Singapore just confirmed that its Android Wear smartwatch will be available from 26 July, shy of a month after it was officially unveiled at Google I/O.
It's priced at S$268, which is slightly cheaper than its US pre-order price of US$229 that converts to around S$286. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as LG is known for its competitive product pricing, what with the LG G3 pegged below S$900, a price unheard of for most flagship Android devices from the big boys.
Want to know how it fares? Have patience, oh ye Android fan. Our colleagues from Stuff UK will be giving LG's first smartwatch the full-on test treatment very soon, so stay tuned.