LG has confirmed earlier rumors that it will debut a stylish new Android Wear watch at next week’s IFA event in Berlin. The company announced Wednesday that it would offer a sneak peek of the G Watch R at IFA with pricing details to follow local availability in the fourth quarter.
The G Watch R has a round display similar to the Moto 360 but with one big difference: The entire display is used to show apps and information. Motorola‘s Android Wear watch has a small section on the bottom of the display that doesn’t light up. LG says the 1.3-inch screen is a “full-circle” plastic OLED display with 320 x 320 resolution. That’s a step up from the 280 x 280 square screen found on LG’s $229 G Watch that debuted in June. It has a stainless steel frame, works with any 22 millimeter watch band and connects to an Android phone over Bluetooth.
Inside the new model is an ever-so-slightly higher capacity battery: 410 mAh as opposed to the 400 mAh battery in LG’s first edition. That’s not likely to affect the run-time; instead, the more efficient OLED display, which should use less power than an LCD screen, could help. LG hasn’t provided details on how often the new watch needs to be charged, or how it’s charged for that matter. The watch can run for up to 30 minutes in up to one meter of water.
Several other components are the same as the original G Watch: A 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip, 512 MB of memory, 4 GB of storage and 9-axis sensor are inside. New to the G Watch R is the addition of a barometer and heart-rate sensor.
While the component changes are minimal, the overall look of the G Watch R appears much improved. Instead of an Android Wear smartwatch for the technorati, it actually looks like a normal watch. Depending on price then, it could find a bigger following than LG has for its first G Watch, which is rather bland and utilitarian looking.