LG has made a couple of smart watches and the Watch Urbane is one of the prettiest we’ve tried on our wrist. Along with the LG V10, they have also announced a newer version that runs on Android Wear and offers 4G LTE connectivity.
Your next (or first) Android wearable needs not for Bluetooth or Wifi. Android Wear’s cellular support has finally arrived, just as the first compatible watch starts to ship. LG’sWatch Urbane 2nd Edition crams an LTE radio beneath its circular 480 x 480 screen, with models that’ll work on AT&T and Verizon — carriers that are both selling the watch in the US this week.
As noted before, these LTE-compatible watches will share phone numbers with your phone, but pack all that’s necessary to work even when your phone is far, far away. As long as both watch and phone can connect to your carrier, LTE Android Wear devices will be able to send and receive messages, Google things, and run your favorite apps.
Taking calls is also doable if you like talking at your wrist. Google’s own announcement highlights marathons and errand-running as examples where you might leave your phone behind, and as smartphones have expanded in size, for those of us that Must Be Connected At All Times, an LTE wearable might fill the gap nicely. AT&T starts selling the LG watch online today and in-store this Friday, while Verizon subscribers will be able to preorder starting today.
As compared to its first 4G LTE enabled smart watch, the LG Urbane LTE, the new version looks less bulky and the screen is slightly bigger and clearer with a 1.38″ P-OLED display that pushes 480×480 resolution. The previous version had a smaller 1.3″ screen and it has a lower 320×320 resolution.
It retains a classic watch appearance with a stainless steel body and it uses a hypoallergenic TPsiV elastic band. Like before, it is dust and water resistant with an IP67 rating.
Underneath it runs on a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated with 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 570mAh battery that claims to last throughout a whole day. As comparison, the Watch Urbane LTE had 1GB of RAM and a larger 700mAh capacity battery. In terms of connectivity, it supports Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, 4G LTE and 3G but there’s no mention of the type of SIM it uses.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our hands-on with the LG Watch Urbane LTE during MWC 2015. If you’re interested, the standard version (Android Wear without LTE) is available locally at RM1,299.