Monday , September 24 2018 Ausdroid » News » Pricing leaks for Google’s new Android Wear devices made by LG

With popular leaker Evan Blass releasing the first hi-res images of the impending LG Watch Style yesterday, we finally got our first look at how the new Android Wear collaboration between Google and LG will look. Today, we’re getting an indication of just how much they will cost. According to an Android Police source, the LG Watch Style will sell for $249 USD, that’s about $330 AUD before all of the local costs get put on top.

If the $249 price is correct it’s likely we won’t see the LG Watch Stye in Australia for much less than $399 AUD. The Watch Style is the smaller, lower-end version of the two expected watches. Check out the expected spec comparison below.

 LG Watch StyleLG Watch Sport
Screen size1.2-inch1.38-inch
Screen technologyPlastic OLEDPlastic OLED
Resolution360x360480x480
PPI
ChipsetSnapdragon Wear 2100Snapdragon Wear 2100
Core config1.1GHz1.1GHz
Ram512MB768MB
Storage4GB4GB
MicroSD
Battery240 mAh430 mAh
Charging methodWirelessWireless
CellularNo3G/LTE
SpeakerYes
Android OSAndroid Wear 2.0Android Wear 2.0
Dimensions42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79 mm45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2 mm
Weight
Colours
  • Titanium
  • Silver
  • Rose Gold
  • Titanium
  • Dark Blue
Build materials316L Stainless Steel316L Stainless Steel
Band coloursUnknownUnknown
Band materialsLeatherTPU
Band swappableYes

With both of the new Google Android Wear devices expected to launch on February 9th, we won’t have to wait long until we find out all the details. Until then I think we can expect a few more leaks.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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Luke Vesty
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Luke Vesty

The smaller one is probably the best looking smart watch yet. But I’m sure the battery life will still be terrible so it’s hard to get excited.

Smanny
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Smanny

I want a speaker. So the sport version is for me. Plus it has LTE and a bigger higher resolution display.

JR Stevens
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JR Stevens

Meh, the price point is too high for my liking. I’d rather get a decent real watch for that price point. Shame as I’m keen to give Android wear a go but I won’t unless a worthwhile device comes out at a better price point

Ricardo
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Ricardo

If I were a designer. Thick bezels would never even exist ever. They look so stupid and ugly.

You need it to be as thin as possible because that’s what looks good.

Moto 360 is a good example of a thin bezel. This LG watch looks like a downgrade. It seems they have a thing for humongous bezels originally seen in the pointless LG Watch R.

All thick bezels should be thrown in the fire

CF542
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CF542

I can see why Google is placing these under the Nexus brand. They don’t look like the kind of quality that they’d want to stamp the Pixel name onto yet.

Matthew McQuilty
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Wake me when I can charge it once a week. Seems they are missing the trick. I don’t want a watch I need to plug in every night. I have a Seiko automatic that can tell the time and it never needs charging. Unused to have a pebble. I could use it for all sorts of things. I ended up using it to ignore calls and read text messages that I’d forget to reply to later. So I stopped wearing it and went back to the Seiko. It looks better (certainly better than this) it tells the time and I… Read more »

Occul
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Occul

Yeah and horses don’t need gas, doesn’t make them a better form of transportation. ?

Kimanje Ssozi
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Kimanje Ssozi

If time is all you need, stick with your seiko watch. Otherwise, time is the least if not last of things you want from a smart watch.

Matthew McQuilty
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My point is that the uses for a smart watch aren’t compelling enough at this point to warrant the inconvenience of a nightly charge. Especially when the very specific uses for smart watches are done so well by other specialist devices.

Time isn’t all I need. None of us NEED a smart watch. What we all want is a good looking, useful device. I used to think they were useful until I used one for a while.

Kimanje Ssozi
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Kimanje Ssozi

Personally I am yet to see the usefulness of a smart watch. I have not yet jumped on the band wagon. I have fitbit charge 2. It records literary all my physical activities and more (e.g. heart rate) . It is just a step below what would be classified as a smart watch. That combined with a smart phone, is more than a smart watch. Any addition is a duplication.

tom elwood
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tom elwood

Its sad that automatics are the least accurate watches.

Glenn
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Funny how google ops for wireless charging for convenience, but doesn’t give the same thought to their line of mobiles. Lights on, but nobody’s home.

Hunter Diederichs
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Hunter Diederichs

Except wireless charging on watches isn’t a matter of convenience. It’s a matter of putting traditional ports on the device taking too much space, and pogo pins like the Huawei watch being an epic pain in the a** when you put it on the charger, wake up, and it’s dead because the pins didn’t line up 100% perfectly.

Wireless charging watches is the only reasonable way to do it.

It’s just sad they won’t be as hackable as the Huawei watch. One benefit of pogo charging was that it could use it for a standard USB connection for fastboot.

Smanny
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Smanny

The Huawei watch doesn’t have real wireless charging like the Moto 360s, Fossils, Micheal Kors, and Tag Heuer smart watches. All these smart watches can be charged on wireless charging pads.

Hunter Diederichs
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Hunter Diederichs

…That’s kind of my point. The Huawei watch is the only one with magnetic pogo pins, which are great for fastboot hacking but absolutely aweful for charging your watch. Wireless is the only *real* option on a smartwatch.

Yianni Soc
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Wireless Charging for watches means proprietary pogo pin connectors, not Qi Wireless Charging. (unfortunately)

Glenn
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Not all smart watches uses pogo pins.

Yianni Soc
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yeah sorry, i should have said “mainly means”. huawei watch, LG G Watch R launch said wireless charging, only to disappoint and have pogo pins.
Hopefully this is true wireless charging. would mean i can use my wireless chargers around the home/office/power bank instead of carrying around the little charging adapter i use now for the Huawei Watch.

Smanny
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Smanny

The Moto 360’s, Fossils, Micheal Kors, and Tag Heuers smart watches all support wireless charging. And they all are Android Wear. I can get a good couple of days from my new Q Marshal smart watch. If I turn off wifi, and place the watch in theatre mode. Then I can get 4 days. It still tracks my steps. That is really pushing it.

Luke Vesty
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Luke Vesty

The style looks like what the Apple Watch should’ve looked like. Refined, slim, understated… and round.

Fred
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Fred

Too expensive.

Let’s face it, the market for smartwatches has cooled significantly. People aren’t prepared to pay big bucks for something with an uncertain use case. As such you need to be targeting <$200 to entice people in.

Oh, and they needed to be launched before xmas. I wonder what fault prevented that, and if it will come back to bite.Just imagine a lithium battery fire on your wrist…

Chris
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I think there’s still a lot of established views to be challenged too; watches were an intergenerational investment, and now they’ve got a useful life of a few years or so. Yet, the pricing is much the same for some.

I have to say, I wouldn’t go spending a lot of my own money on smartwatches at the moment. They’re good, but not sure if they’re hundreds of dollars good.

Chris
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I have to say, I am -very- much more excited about the LG Watch Sport … the Style looks like anything but.

Duncan_J
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Duncan_J

I’m worried that the Sport will be to focused on the ‘active’ maket and won’t “dress-up well”. I think the Style will end up being my “prefered” one of the two, please last all day and have all the good features.

Mike Stevens
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Bloody hell, that’s a boring looking watch. Even from a traditional design perspective, it looks a bit cheap.

Duncan_J
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Duncan_J

It’s not completely frying my burger either

Dan Goodes
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Yep, looking quite dull. That band looks about as hi-kwality as the original G Watch (i.e. cheap garbage). And the plastic back, wow (because of wireless charging, sure, but at least make it look nice).

Even with Assistant baked in, this thing is worth nowhere near $400AU.

None of the “pizazz” from Google’s own recent hardware designs is present here at all.

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