LG G Watch Urbane is the "Luxury" Android Wear Device to Fight Apple

By Gerald Lynch on at

The Apple Watch release may be just looming over the horizon, but for those on the hunt for a smartwatch that isn't tied to Apple devices and doesn't look like a dog's dinner, LG has the answer. It's just revealed its latest chip-packed timepiece, the LG G Watch Urbane, looking to court the discerning, style-obsessed dandy.

An all-metal, premium device, pictured with leather straps, it's aimed at "sophisticated and cosmopolitan" wearers, according to the press release. Silver and gold "finishes" are available, though the watch housing itself will not be made from the precious materials.

The watch, like its LG G Watch R predecessor, is equipped with a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display, with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor under the hood. 4GB of onboard storage features, backed by 512MB of RAM. There's also a heart rate monitor on the rear of the face too -- presumably for those moments its "cosmopolitan" wearer has has lost its driver and has had to run for a bus.

Though Android Wear still leaves a lot to be desired, I had a lot of time for the LG G Watch R (excuse the pun). With most complaints thrown at it referring to its chunky plastic casing, the Urbane's chic look could entice a few more on-the-fence smartwatch buyers.

We'll pass on pricing and release info as soon as we've got it, but expect to see more of the Urbane from next month's MWC conference.