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LG announces LTE variant of the gorgeous Watch Urbane ahead of MWC, ditches Android Wear

Last week, LG gave a glimpse at the Watch Urbane, which is by far one of the prettiest smartwatches we have seen. With MWC right around the corner, the South Korean giant has taken the wraps off anoth

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Last week, LG gave a glimpse at the Watch Urbane, which is by far one of the prettiest smartwatches we have seen. With MWC right around the corner, the South Korean giant has taken the wraps off another variant of the smartwatch called Watch Urbane LTE.

As the name suggests, the Watch Urbane LTE will let you make LTE phone calls without the need for a smartphone, share your GPS location, translate foreign speech and hold walkie-talkie-style voice chats. Besides the forthcoming Apple Watch, LG’s smartwatch will be one of the first to support NFC-based mobile payments.

Another talking point is that unlike the Watch Urbane, the LTE variant doesn’t run on Google’s Android Wear. While the company hasn’t gone into the details, the Watch Urbane LTE will run on a proprietary wearable platform from LG.

As far as specifications are concerned, the Watch Urbane LTE sports a 1.3-inch plastic OLED display with a resolution of 320×320 pixels at a density of 245ppi, and is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor.

Also included is 4GB internal storage, water and dust resistance, and the company has bumped up the RAM to 1GB and the battery to 700mAh.

As mentioned above, the company plans on showcasing both the smartwatches at MWC next week. It may have to share the spotlight with Samsung’s rumored round-faced smarwatch — codenamed Orbis.