A report caught us by surprise as we were putting the wraps on the week, Friday. According to Android Headlines, LG will soon announce a ‘hybrid’ smartwatch with Google’s Wear OS platform. The word ‘hybrid’ is not really used all that often, but is essentially a fancy term for a watch that is somewhere between a full-blown smartwatch and everyday watch. But this watch could be something special, after all.
It’s next man up for Wear OS, and at least one Android OEM is showing a sign of hope for the Google platform with the first watch in a while. With Google I/O 2018 almost here, I can smell a new Wear OS upgrade with improvements and support for new watches. LG might be among the first to announce a smart watch with the new Android P software, following its name change from Android Wear. The still rumored smartwatch is called LG Watch Timepiece. And we just learned quite a bit about it in the first report on the possible product.
LG Watch Timepiece might coexist with other LG smartwatches still performing fairly well on the market, but might be its own line. LG has partnered with Google in the past, and stuck by the company with its wearable platform since the beginning. Therefore, it’s no wonder LG might be first to come out with a Wear OS watch. If sources are correct, it is going to have a stainless steel body along with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. What’s more interesting is that the watch will have physical clock handles, unlike all other smartwatches. Users can use it as a regular watch and disable Wear OS if they want too, or, use the device as a full-blown smartwatch with the pairing of a compatible Android phone or iPhone. We asked for smartwatches that more closely resemble regular watches, and LG is taking it literal.
This device is expected to have a 1.2-inch circular LCD panel with a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels and measure 45.5 x 45.4 x 12.9 mm in size, with its physical footprint sitting between that of the LG Watch Style (42.3 x 45.7 x 10.8 mm) and LG Watch Sport (45.4 x 51.2 x 14.2 mm). This is pretty much standard. But other rumored specs include a 240mAh battery that can run up to four days in smart watch mode, or one-hundred days in analog mode. Now that would be pretty impressive, don’t you think?
LG might also unveil a special edition hybrid watch known as LG Watch Timepiece+ with a silicone and metal strap, as well as an extra charging cradle. The hybrid smartwatch could be equipped with 4GB of storage, 768MB of RAM, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2100 for small gadgets. Most else is said to be the same.
Both watches are expected to include both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and be fitted with a USB Type-C port for good old wired charging. Depending on the model you buy and its band, you’ll be expected to pay between $250 and $350. However, this is just speculation and we don’t know anything for sure yet. It’s a lot of money, but not bad in comparison to some others that offer the same, or less great specs. Maybe we’ll get a look at it soon, as soon as LG’s upcoming G7 ThinQ event or Google I/O happening in the next two weeks.
As soon as we’re told more, we’ll update you with any new information, so stay here at Droid Turf. Drop and thoughts below.
SOURCE [Android Headlines]