While Samsung was busy showing off the Gear S wearable earlier today, LG was announcing a smartwatch of its own known as the G Watch R. We’ve seen this device make appearances in teaser images and leaks over the past couple of days, so its arrival is really not a surprise to us.
Unlike Samsung’s offering though, the LG G Watch is based on Android Wear and packs almost the same internals as the G Watch, but with some changes to the design. So keeping that in mind, LG is touting this as a premium version of the G Watch and not exactly a successor.
The Korean manufacturer has gone with a 1.3 inch OLED panel this time, which promises to offer superior viewing angles and better battery backup as well. The display area is quite minimal as the second band of dials next to the screen is permanent. So if you were to go with a more modern watch face such as the ones we saw on the G Watch, these dials might look terribly out of place.
The G Watch R is the closest thing to a Moto 360 competitor that we’ll have in the market for the foreseeable future (along with the ASUS ZenWatch), although the Motorola offering has a slight upper hand based on the size of its display.
The body of the G Watch R is made of stainless steel, adding to the premium tag of the device. The wrist straps are replaceable of course, with the stock option being leather. The smartwatch also comes with a heart rate (photoplethysmograpgy) sensor, so it’s not just a remodeled version of the G Watch. LG mentions that the smartwatch will be available in key markets starting Q4 2014, with no disclosure on the pricing at the moment.