The LG G Watch Announced
LG participated in the Google I/O with the LG G Watch, and Android Wear device set to be shipping to customers starting July 7th this year. If you have missed the Google I/O read more about it here, while the Keynote regarding the Android Wear here. At launch, LG was one of the first manufacturers among others like Samsung and Motorola in featuring an Android Wear device. It will be available for purchase in the Google Play Store at $229 (RM733), but there are no mentions when it would be available in Malaysia. The things that are fitted in this watch are things that you would expect to find on a smartphone; albeit a cheap, budgeted one.
It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked in 1.2 GHz with 512MB of RAM. Exactly what you would find on a smartphone probably 3-4 years back. It still should be powerful enough to run the Android Wear that is fitted on the device. To keep the device running up to a quoted 36 hours life per single charge is a 400mAh battery that is non-removable. If you think you cannot store anything in the device you’d be wrong, it comes with 4GB of internal memory. To top it of, the screen is a 1.65-inches IPS display with a square 280 x 280 pixels resolution. It will not be bulky so that is a plus point, and it charges with a simple micro USB cable so you won’t need to find a bespoke connector to charge this device. The Android Wear that comes with this device, or any of the other devices sporting it will not be running as a standalone unit though. The LG G Watch will have to be paired with any Android phones running on Android 4.3 JellyBean or higher to display any of the useful information you see during the Google I/O Keynote. To save on battery life the LG G Watch uses Bluetooth 4.0 to pair with its host Android smartphone device. If you are the athlete type, you can take this swimming, jogging and whatever sports that you would be doing too as it is an IP67 rated waterproof phone.
You already will be spoilt for choice if you plan to buy a smartwatch, with the addition of the LG G Watch it makes the decision tougher. That said, again we don’t know yet when this will be available in Malaysia or how much it will officially be priced at when it comes here. Be sure though that we will report its presence here or when it will arrive in Malaysia.