Before the LG G4‘s release, LG will first roll out the premium LG Watch Urbane. South Koreans will first get a hold of the latest smartwatch before it arrives in Europe, North America, and other parts of Asia in the coming weeks. Other countries like Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Australia, France, UK, United States, Italy, and India will be be able to buy the watch from the Google Store this April.
The LG Watch Urbane is perhaps one of the most class looking smartwatches today. While other companies settle for a rectangular design, LG chose the round design path. As a follow up to the LG G Watch R, the Watch Urbane features the same 1.3-inch P-OLED display but with a lower profile bezel, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 4GB built-in storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an “Always-on” ambient mode, and a PPG heart sensor. Body is stainless steel and will be available in silver and rose gold while strap is replaceable by any 22mm band used or ordinary watches.
A lot of people are anticipating for the LG Watch Urbane and more good news for those planning to get one, the smartwatch will be the first to feature the recently announced Android Wear version. Even if we heard about what the Android Wear update means for the Sony Smartwatch 3 and Moto 360, we still don’t know when the update will be released. But since the LG Watch Urbane will be up for sale starting this week, we can say that it’s the first to feature the latest wearable OS.
This also means the new LG Watch Urbane will have the new features: WiFi connectivity, hands free gestures, phone free usage, and drawing and translation of emoji. The smartwatch will also feature some always-on apps so display won’t suddenly go dark when running plus an enhanced UX for a better smartwatch experience.
Sending of emojis to another contact will be possible on the LG Watch Urbane. Just draw a smile face and the watch will translate it to the closest emoji character which will then be sent to another Android Wear-running smartwatch, computer, or smartphone. You can also change the font size on the new wearable OS so you can read the text clearly. Notifications are also displayed even when you’re doing another thing on the watch display. When removed from your wrist, the watch will lock automatically.
What’s more interesting about the LG Watch Urbane are two more features: LG Pulse and LG Call. These features aren’t available on other Android Wear watches. LG Pulse allows health monitoring of heart rate every second during exercise. Data gathered will be analyzed by the LG Health app. On the other hand, the LG Call allows the user to access favorite contacts list and recent calls for making direct calls.
No word on pricing yet but we’ll find out this week.