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Finally A Wearable That Isn’t Pointless

No, really, this finally makes smartwatches worth their price
Finally A Wearable That Isn’t Pointless© 2017 LG

So a lot of people are making a big fuss about LG’s Watch Urbane 2nd Edition because it is the first Android Wear device to offer 4G LTE support.

So a lot of people are making a big fuss about LG’s upgraded wearable, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.

This is the Korean manufacturer’s fourth stab at the Android Wear market, but most importantly, it is the first Android Wear device to offer 4G LTE support.

This is a massive upgrade indeed because it means the LG wearable can now operate totally independently of a smartphone. So apps will update without Wi-Fi and now you can call directly from your wrist.

Although previously you could swipe on your wrist to answer the call, you couldn’t actually speak into your smartwatch, even if you had your smartphone tethered. This made smartwatches pretty useless, because it meant your mobile had to always be within grasping reach (so then what was the point of the watch?). So this is a big deal. You can leave your smartphone at home and still have a built-in cellular connection for calls and data, which is something even the Apple Watch can’t do.

You can leave your smartphone at home and still have a built-in cellular connection for calls and data, which is something even the Apple Watch can’t do.

The new edition has a brand new 1.38” completely circular P-OLED display that has a very impressive resolution of 480 x 480, which means a pixel density of a whopping 348 ppi (which is better than some smartphones).

The rest is pretty industry standard, though: Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory. It has all the built-in sensors you could need, including accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer, heart rate sensor, and GPS.

It has a very sexy stainless steel body that makes this the go-to premium Android Wear wearable. With the new edition though, the band is non-removable because it has some hardware components.

LG claims the 570mAh hexagonal battery will last a full day and a bit, with the power saving mode.

It will be released in the US and South Korea (obviously it will debut in South Korea first). No word on pricing and availability elsewhere, though. 3G and LTE are options, alongside the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options.

 

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