Monday , March 19 2018

LG and Google will announce two new watches at Android Wear 2.0 event on February 9

We reported just last night the strong rumour that Android Wear 2.0 would launch on February 9. This morning, we have some more news to add to that; confirmation that Google and LG have paired up in a Nexus-style partnership (to quote Evan Blass) to produce the first two watches to run the new platform.

Their names? LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.

Google and LG will announce these two watches at an event to be held February 9, and both will go on sale the following day in the US market. How do we know? Blass claims to have seen marketing material stating precisely this.

It’s unclear when the watches will go on sale in Australia, though we know the watches will receive premium billing at Mobile World Congress at LG’s booth, alongside their rumoured LG G6 flagship smartphone.

What else do we know about the watches? The watches first appeared as a render on Android Police (shown above), and we understand from Blass that the final products closely resemble these renders. We’ve had confirmation from Google that two watches are coming, but not the details. Now, it seems, we have a pretty solid lead on what those details will be.

LG Watch Sport will be a 14.2mm thick device available in titanium and dark blue, while the LG Watch Style will be slightly slimmer at 10.8mm, with swappable straps and titanium, silver and rose gold colours. Both will feature plastic OLED displays, but there the similarities move apart.

LG Watch Sport is clearly positioned as the flagship, featuring a larger, higher resolution screen (1.38″ and 480×480 vs 1.2″ at 360×360) and more RAM (768mb vs 512mb), though both will feature 4GB storage. The Watch Sport will also have a significantly larger battery, at 430mAh vs 240mAh.

 LG Watch SportLG Watch Style
Screen size1.38-inch1.2-inch
Screen technologyPlastic OLEDPlastic OLED
ChipsetSnapdragon Wear 2100Snapdragon Wear 2100
Core config1.1GHz1.1GHz
Battery430 mAh240 mAh
Charging methodWirelessWireless
Android OSAndroid Wear 2.0Android Wear 2.0
Dimensions45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2 mm42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79 mm
  • Titanium
  • Dark Blue
  • Titanium
  • Silver
  • Rose Gold
Build materials316L Stainless Steel316L Stainless Steel
Band coloursUnknownUnknown
Band materialsTPULeather
Band swappableYes

Those of us craving LTE integration might be in luck; the LG Watch Sport features LTE, 3G, Wifi and Bluetooth, while the LG Watch Style gets just the standard wireless options. We understand that it might just be the LG Watch Sport which gets GPS and NFC — which will be needed for Android Pay — though we’d like to see NFC in both … hopefully that turns out to be the case.

Last but not least is integration with Google’s Assistant (which isn’t a great surprise), and some decent water and dust resistance, with the Watch Sport getting an IP68 rating, and Watch Style slightly lower at IP67.

We have, of course, reached out to Google about this and don’t expect to hear anything back in a hurry; Google tend to announce events and products at their own leisure, and rarely respond to leaks or rumours like this before they’re well ready.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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6 Comments on "LG and Google will announce two new watches at Android Wear 2.0 event on February 9"

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Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

That 14.2mm thickness is going to put a lot of people off. The Samsung Gear S3 is 12.9mm and that’s a massive slab of a thing that looks like a hamburger sitting on your wrist.

Ausdroid Reader

The Watch Style might be my first smart watch if it likes up to the hype.

Valued Guest

It might be my NEXT .. same condition 😉

Ausdroid Reader

Won’t plastic scratch (a lot)?

Valued Guest

It certainly doesn’t sound as hardy as the sapphire glass in other watches/phones … but I’d be amazed if they made something that could be so easily destroyed. Let’s see ..

Ausdroid Reader

Plastic Oled is the display screen tech, not the screen covering.
From memory the G Watch R was Plastic Oled, then they cover the display with gorilla Glass or sapphire.

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