The first Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch finally arrives. As it was rumored that, they come from the cooperative development of Google and LG.
The latest LG smartwatches will go on sale on February 10. The packages will indicate that the products are “designed with our friends at Google”, but you will not find the “G” logo of Pixel anywhere. The users who have been looking forward to the Pixel wearables made by Google will be disappointed.
As the world’s first swartwatch running Android Wear 2.0, this product is supposed to set an example for the future products. With the launch of Google’s newest Android Wear, the circular design is kept. The crowns, dedicated app buttons, and NFC sensors are likely to be seen in the future watches. Although there is a lot of ground to cover to catch up with Apple, this launch press will serve as kind of a reboot ceremony for Google’s wearable platform, which will inject excitement and guide people toward the future.
Two designs with different functions
There are two sizes to choose from, Sport and Style, with the latter geared toward slighter wrists. The Sport model features a 1.38-inch P-OLED screen with a 480 x 480 resolution and 348 ppi, while the Style model sports a 360 x 360 1.2-inch P-OLED with 299 ppi. Both watches feature a 1.1GHz Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip and 4GB of storage.
The both smartwatches also have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as an accelerometer and gyroscope for fitness tracking. But the Sport model packs a lot of extra functions, including GPS, LTE, NFC, and a heart rate sensor. That means the Style model will not be able to do much of anything without having a phone, neither will it be able to take advantage of Android Pay, one of the key features of Android Wear 2.0.
Besides the sensors and chips, the 14.2mm Sport model also includes a 430mAh battery, versus a 240mAh one on the Style model. The Sport includes more RAM (768 vs. 512). The IP68 water and dust resistance is also better than the Style’s IP67 rating.
The outer designs
The two smartwatches are available in a variety of colors. The Sport comes in titanium and dark blue finishes, while the Style is dressed in softer silver, titanium, and rose gold colors. In addition, the Sport model includes a “high performance elastomer strap,” while the Style is paired with a 18mm leather and silicone band, so users can switch bands to match the occasions.
Additionally, both watches will include a rotating power button, similar to Apple Watch’s Digital Crown, for scrolling, accessing apps, and summoning Google Assistant. Furthermore, the Sport model also includes two buttons dedicated to launching Android Pay and Google Fit.
Both smartwatches will be available on February 10 in the online Google Store (the only way to purchase the dark blue Sport model), and the $250 Style will also be sold at Best Buy. The LTE-enabled Sport model will cost $350 and be available at Verizon and AT&T stores as well. Google says the smartwatches will come to Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE, and U.K. in the coming weeks.