LG Watch Timepiece is arriving with Wear OS and no NFC
With smartwatches seemingly on the rise, LG will be launching a new smartwatch known as the LG Watch Timepiece, according to AndroidHeadlines. Not only is this the first LG smartwatch that will be released since the LG Watch Sport, but it will also be the first smartwatch to launch with Wear OS. Wear OS is the rebranding of Android Wear and is essentially the same software with a new name. We know basically everything about the device, except for what it looks like and how much it will cost.
The most interesting feature of the device is that while it will feature a 1.2-inch 360×360 circular LCD display underneath regular analogue watch hands. This smartwatch analogue watch hybrid should make for some cool and interesting potential features in the future. They can relay information by acting like a compass, stopwatch, altimeter, timer, or even a barometer. It’s unknown how annoying it will be to have the watch-hands over the display, but hopefully, it works fine in practice. With an IP68 dust and water resistance, this smartwatch will be absolutely fine for those wanting an activity tracker that can be used in the majority of sporting activities.
In terms of specifications, the first thing you’ll likely notice is the lack of NFC or GPS support. Apart from that, the watch comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 and 768MB of RAM. It’s a bit disappointing that the same SoC that was found in smartwatches like the Huawei Watch 2 is still being launched in smartwatches in 2018. Also worth noting is the 4GB of eMMC storage and 240mAh battery. Once depleted, the analogue hands will still work for about 4 days. It will also charge with a USB-C port. It will have Bluetooth 4.2 support, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
As for add-ons, it will arrive with a silicone rubber strap that can be swapped out for other straps of the same size (22mm) along with a charging cradle as well.
The LG Watch Timepiece is rumoured to be announced on Monday with two colour options: Aurora Black and Cloud Silver. It’s likely to be available sometime in June, but it’s unknown how much it will cost. There will apparently be mild differences between versions launched in different regions.