Just a few hours after yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would be taking the wraps off of its new wearable at an event next month, both LG and Samsung have announced new wearable devices tonight.
LG has officially unveiled the G Watch R this evening, which features a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED display that is a full 360 degrees, unlike the Moto 360, which has an area of dead space at the bottom of the display. Motorola claims that the reason for the dead space on its watch is for the ambient light sensor and other display drivers. It’s unclear how LG managed to avoid having a dead area with its circular watch.
The G Watch R packs a 410mAh batter, a minuscule 10 mAh better than the original G Watch, which was not praised for its battery life by any stretch of the imagination. Other specs for the G Watch R are nearly identical to the square-faced G Watch. The device is packing a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and interchangeable 22mm straps. It’s also rated IP67 for water resistance. Two notable changes with the G Watch R over the original G Watch is that it features both a heart rate monitor underneath and a power button on the side of the device.
LG says the G Watch R will go on sale in early Q4 of this year. The company did not share details on pricing, except that it will “vary by market.”
Samsung also announced the Gear S smartwatch this evening, powered by Tizen. The Gear S features a 2-inch Super AMOLED display and 3G connectivity. Having 3G connectivity means that the watch is device-independent and can function when not paired to a smartphone or tablet. The device features a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and a 300mAh battery, which should give two days of “typical usage,” according to Samsung.
The Gear S will be available through Samsung’s retail channels and carrier partners beginning in October.
Evidence for Apple’s wearable device has been mounting for over a year now, and with the flood of wearables from other manufacturers recently, it only seems fitting that we’re finally nearing an announcement from Apple itself. In July 2013, Apple began making a number of key hires for a wearable device. In February 2014 Apple continued hiring for a wearables team and we extensively profiled many of the new hires. Additions at that point ranged from leadership to health and fitness to fashion. We also reported that Apple is teaming up with a number of professional sports athletes for testing the fitness capabilities of its wearable product. Last month, we discovered even more wearable and fitness related additions to Apple.