We thought the LG V10 would be the only thing LG had to announce today, but they had a little teaser for another cool device they’re planning to launch. It’s the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, and we’d say ti’s a little too soon for a follow-up to the original save for the fact that it comes with one cool feature we have yet to see on any other Android Wear watch.
That feature is cellular connectivity. The device can hop onto a 3G or 4G LTE network on its own, which is a big deal as it means you won’t necessarily need your Android phone near you in order to get data services on your smart watch. Unfortunately it sounds like features will be limited whenever you’re on cellular as some of Android Wear’s features require you to be tethered to your phone over Bluetooth / WiFi. Still, it’s nice that there’s the option to use it on its own at all.
The 2nd Edition Watch Urbane also sports the highest resolution display on an Android Wear watch to date, with 480 x 480 goodness on a 1.38-inch round display. That gives us a Pixel density of 348ppi, which means you’ll be hard-pressed to notice a pixel if you aren’t trying. Otherwise, it’s an Android Wear watch as you’ve come to know and love them:
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 400
- Operating System: Android WearTM (Cell-connected Version)
- Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)
- Size: 44.5 x 14.2mm
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
- Battery: 570mAh
- Network*: Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi / LTE / 3G
- Sensors: Accelerometer / Gyro / Heart Rate Monitor / Compass / Barometer / PPG / GPS
- Color*: Space Black / Opal Blue / Luxe White / Signature Brown
- Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)
The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is coming to United States and Korea first, followed by markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East at later dates. Unfortunately we’re not exactly sure when its first landing date will be, so we’ll have to wait for specific availability information from each region. We also don’t know pricing details, but expect to pay at least a tad more than the $350 the original debuted for.