A New Leak Shows LG’s Next Smartwatch Will Be Round

A New Leak Shows LG's Next Smartwatch Will Be Round

As we continue to count down the days until the IFA 2014 consumer
electronics show, more leaks surface about gadgets that may be on the
guest list. Earlier in the week, we heard rumors that LG was already looking to refresh its G Watch with a second generation model. It seems this model may look different.

A brief 30-second teaser trailer, posted as unlisted on LG Mobile Global’s YouTube page,
doesn’t tell much about the new wearable. In fact, in really only says
one thing—It’s round. Clearly aiming to take some thunder from
Motorola’s Moto 360, which is expected to make an appearance along with
the Moto X+1 at a Chicago press event on September 4th,
this second-gen G Watch (supposedly named the G Watch R) will show up
at IFA 2014 in early September if the last seconds of this official
teaser are to be believed.

The
original G Watch released only two months ago, and a new design so
quickly would mean that both these watches were mostly likely developed
around the same time. Engadget points out
that the first-generation G Watch could have been a proof-of-concept to
help feel out this new area of wearables and to also be one of the
first companies to market with an Android Wear device.

LG already
adopted circular-inspired design with the LG G3’s Quick Circle case.
Although provided the scant information we do have on the G Watch R, we
can safely assume it’ll be another Android Wear device, possibly with
similar specs considering its close production schedule with the
original G Watch. However, others rumors earlier in the week announced
that LG would be coming to IFA with a “premium” wearable in tow, so we could expect to pay a little bit more than the G Watch’s $230 price.

Price,
specs, materials, quality are all completely rumors and hearsay at this
point, but the argument that LG’s next smartwatch is round just became
very convincing. We’ll find out more within a couple weeks. [LG Mobile Global via Engadget]

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