LG Watch Urbane LTE Ditches Android Wear for WebOS

By Gerald Lynch on at

Android Wear or Apple Watch? Moto G or Pebble? Smartwatch or fitness band? It's all the choices with wearables right now, and with everything to play for in the blossoming area, manufacturers are taking chances. Throwing a spanner in the works is LG -- its new Watch Urbane LTE not only has its own mobile connection, but ditches the established Android Wear platform for its own WebOS-based system.

In terms of looks, its very much in line with the recently revealed LG G Watch Urbane, with a premium metal build. Mirroring the first Urbane's 1.3-inch OLED with a 320x320 resolution screen, 4G support allows the watch to make calls and receive notifications without a tethered phone.

A 700mAh battery almost doubles that found in the G Watch R, which, providing WebOS is efficient, should see battery last potentially several days per charge. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor, backed by 1GB of RAM, sounds snappy enough for any smartwatch purposes, with 4GB of memory for storing apps. NFC is also featured in the timepiece, which could allow for contactless payments -- providing your network or bank supports it. IP67 rating allows the watch to be used safely in the shower or pool, too.

Specs-wise, it all sounds reasonable enough, but without seeing its WebOS operating system up and running, it's hard to judge how good exactly it will be. No pricing or availability to share yet, but don't expect it to come cheap.