If you’re looking for an alternative to the much-hyped Apple Watch, you might soon be able to get your hands on the updated version of the LG Watch Urbane smartwatch. The South Korean company, the country’s number 2 smartphone brand, said it will start selling its latest smartwatch that comes with Wi-Fi in Korea.
LG Watch Urbane released on Friday
The LG Watch Urbane will be released this Friday via three local mobile phone companies – SK Telecom, KT Corp, and LG Uplus, with a price of $367, the company said in a statement.
The device will also be sold at some jewellers that are based in major department stores in Seoul, part of the company’s effort to give consumers more places to buy the watch.
The new wearable is set to go on sale in 13 countries next week, including the US, Britain, India and Japan. The watch itself is an upgrade from the previous version of the same model released last month that supports 4G, and will come with Android Wear 2.0, the latest version of Google’s wearable operating system. The cloud-based Android Wear 2.0 allows users to stay connected to their device and phone regardless of distance, as long as they’re in a Wi-Fi zone.
The LG Watch Urbane has received largely positive reviews since it was unveiled in Spain in March at the Mobile World Congress event. It has a leather strap in black or brown, giving a somewhat retro feel, while its metal body is resistant to scratches and rust.
The device has a 1.3-inch OLED display and comes in two colours – rose gold and silver, both sporting a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 410 mAh battery.
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SOURCE: Korea Herald