It’s fair to say that LG has a smartwatch obsession. In a race to become the front-runner in the emerging wearable category, the company last year launched two Android Wear-specced smartwatches. And at the Mobile World Congress event today, it announced two more: Android Wear-powered LG Watch Urbane, and webOS-powered LG Watch Urbane LTE. Also Read - LG Watch Urban Luxe 23-karat gold version launched, priced at $1,200
The Urbane LTE, is attracting the spotlight, however. The reason is the webOS-based software it is running on, which we have previously seen in the company’s smart TV lineups and Palm’s smartphones. The company says that with webOS it is able to stand out from a crowded field of competition. Samsung too has tried a similar strategy with its Tizen running smartwatches. Also Read - Empty Apple Watch boxes being sold on eBay demand more money than some Android Wear smartwatches!
The Watch Urbane LTE sports a metal body and comes with a rubber strap. It has a three-button interface and offers a number of handy features. It is also the first smartwatch to have support for LTE connectivity. Other features of the circular-faced, premium looking smartwatch include cellular connectivity allowing users to answer calls, and ability check emails. Also Read - Android Wear 5.1.1 update rolling out now, brings Wi-Fi support and wrist gesture controls
There is another interesting walkie-talkie like feature, which lets users make conversations with multiple people without requiring a smartphone. The watch also tracks your activities thanks to the range of sensors it houses. In addition, there is a built-in voice translator app too, and support for NFC, probably placed to bolster mobile payments.
The webOS-powered smartwatch also sends a message which we talked over the weekend in length. LG, as well as many of Google’s Android Wear partners aren’t really satisfied with the software. “With Android Wear, we cannot satisfy our customers 100 percent,” LG vice president Chris Yie said.
The irony, however, is that the company has launched an Android Wear variant of the Watch Urbane as well. It is simply called the LG Watch Urbane. However, unlike the LTE-capable Urbane, this one’s main focus is luxury, which the company is trying to bestow with materials and design.
The circular OLED display has minimal bezel surrounding it, giving it more premium look. It comes in silver, and gold body made with stainless steel. The company has managed to keep the screw out of sight, and laces it with stitched leather strap.
LG didn’t have any price details to share at the moment, but both variants will be available in US and Europe by the end of next month.