The watchphone is finally starting to become a reality.
While not the first smartwatch with cellular connectivity (Samsung’s made a few already), LG’s newly announced second-generation Watch Urbane is the first Android Wear smartwatch with LTE in it.
The Watch Urbane doesn’t ditch its Urbane genes and that’s too bad because the Urbane is a terrible smartwatch that’s incredibly uncomfortable to wear.
Instead of putting the new Watch Urbane on a diet, LG’s actually gone and made the screen larger. The new smartwatch has a round 1.33-inch P-OLED display with a higher 480 x 480 resolution compared to the original Urbane’s 1.3-inch 320 x 320 resolution.
The casing is made from 316L stainless steel and is water and dust-resistant. It will come in a number of colors to match the LG V10 smartphone.
As far as specs, the new Watch Urbane is a step above other Android Wear devices. It’s packing a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Thanks to a new hexagon-shaped battery, LG was able to cram in a higher-capacity 570 mAh battery than its competitors.
Interestingly enough, the Wi-Fi and cellular antennas are embedded inside of the band and not the watch case. You’ll also find the usual heart-rate sensor, barometer, pedometer, gyroscope and compass.
The new Watch Urbane is compatible with iOS and Android. LG didn’t announce pricing or availability, but did say the smartwatch will be released in the U.S. and South Korea first.