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Full Specs for Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, the First Android Wear Devices

The Moto 360 may have been depressingly absent from the I/O keynote this morning, but two other smartwatches have the honor of being the first devices to run Android Wear – the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.

While both devices share the same rectangular form factor, that’s where the similarities end. The G Watch’s display compromises resolution for slightly more screen real estate – a 1.65-inch LCD (280×280) versus the Gear Live’s 1.63-inch AMOLED (320 x 320). But the G Watch trumps the Gear Live in another area – battery capacity. It has a 400mAh, greater than the Gear Live’s 300mAh. 

The dimensions of each device are quite different (the G Watch is 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm and the Gear Live 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm), as are the sensors packed into each smartwatch: LG omitted a heart rate monitor, Samsung added one. But the rest of the hardware is fairly standard – Snapdragon 400 processors, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and IP67 dust and water resistant designs.


Sadly, neither will  launch with metal wrist straps as an option – you’ll have to settle for colored plastic on both. The G Watch comes in White Gold and Black Titan, while the Gear Live comes in Black and Wine Red.

Both the Gear Live and G Watch will be available for pre-order on Google Play starting later today. The Gear Live will retail for $199 and ship July 7. The G Watch will retail for $229.


G Watch

  • Chipset: Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 400 processor
  • Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 400mAh
  • Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  • Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
  • Weight: 63g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
  • Color: White Gold/ Black Titan
  • Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

Gear Live

  • Display:  1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
  • OS: Android Wear
  • Processor:  1.2 GHz Processor
  • Google Services:  Google Now, Google Voice, Google Maps & Navigation, Gmail, Hangouts
  • Additional Features: Notification (SMS, E-mail, etc.); Heart Rate Monitor; IP67 Dust and Water Resistant; Changeable Strap, Color Options: Black and Wine Red
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.0 LE
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate
  • Memory: RAM: 512MB; Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
  • Dimension /Weight: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm, 59g
  • Battery:  Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh
Via: LG | Samsung
  • RealSpecs

    What the difference between Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 LE (given that 4.0 integrates LE technology)? Are you reporting on some particular difference (and if so, what is it) or are you copy/pasting from marketing material?

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  • Daistaar

    Is anyone else hoping for someone to make a thin little snap on on the underside of these watches for qi charging? Something that just snaps onto the bottom and aligns with the pins so we can just drop it on or charging pads?

  • christophermcconkey

    Do both of these have a pedometer feature? I haven’t seen it in the write ups that I have read. If it does what apps would they be compatible with? I am looking for something to replace my FitBit Flex that replaced my Force, that I broke out from.

  • RobMars

    As usual a crap choice: one has an OLED display which will be unreadable outside, a weaker battery, and is Samsung only. The other is uglier, lower res display, no heart-rate monitor. Great. I’ll wait.

  • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

    I complained about the pricing of the first watches but for $200 (and since I just got the S5) I think I might try the Samsung Gear Live.

  • cardi dark

    the samsung has google now the lg don’t

  • Manbearpig

    Are the band replaceable like on the gear 2?

    • Brian Wolfman

      The G is 22mm replaceable

  • Andrew Knighton

    Its live!

    • Laki S.

      Just got my LG!

  • Laki S.

    Holy crap!! I just ordered my white LG!!! YESS!!!!

    My receipt says it’ll leave the warehouse on the 3rd.. I CANNOT wait!!

  • Drew Landgrave

    These lists need to be synced >.< :P. E.g. in the same order.

    G Watch:

    Gear Live:

    • Drew Landgrave

      So…. I did it

      Lg G Watch
      Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
      Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
      Chipset/Processor: Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 400 processor
      Storage: 4GB eMMC
      RAM: 512MB RAM
      Battery: 400mAh
      Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
      Weight: 63g
      Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
      Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
      Color: White Gold/ Black Titan
      Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

      Gear Live
      Display: 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
      OS: Android Wear
      Processor: 1.2 GHz Processor
      Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
      RAM: 512MB;
      Battery: Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh
      Size: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm
      Weight : 59g
      Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.0 LE
      Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate
      Additional Features: Notification (SMS, E-mail, etc.); Heart Rate Monitor; IP67 Dust and Water Resistant; Changeable Strap, Color Options: Black and Wine Red
      Google Services: Google Now, Google Voice, Google Maps & Navigation, Gmail, Hangouts

  • coolsilver

    Without the Bluetooth LE on the LG G watch, will the proximity functions work the same as shown?

  • Scott Niemczyk

    Anyone know if the gear 2 would be able to get the Android wear os? I saw some on Craigslist for pretty cheap but would only pick one up if it can get the Android os instead of tizen.

  • Connor O’Meara

    I want to see a more detailed look at the 360 before I decided which one I buy. From the pictures it looks like it might be a little to big for me.

  • Andrew

    So by reading this article does this mean the g watch will ship ASAP?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Nope, supposed availability is the 7th of July.

  • Ill take one of the Samsung Gear Live please. Cant wait to order this thing.

  • valapsp

    so disappointed.

  • jim

    so how much are the killer robots ?

  • Andrew

    The more I look at the moto 360 the more I am willing to wait just a couple more weeks…

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well if they release it around the same time as the Moto X was released last year (assuming they release the X + 1 the same time as the 360) we’d be looking at August.

      • Andrew

        I have zero will power and will probably just get both

        • Dustin Gerlach

          Sad, but true for most of us.

        • Laki S.

          That’s what I plan on doing too

    • Peter Barnett

      I used to love the 360.

      Now, not so much. They should have launched today. Plus, it looks thick as crap. On top of that, it has that weird front-facing black part which really gets in the way. Don’t get me wrong, it looks sexy from a top view. But I think the Moto 360 2 will be the one we’ve all been waiting for style wise. Much thinner probably, and a full LCD front.

      • duncanator

        Same here. Also, it seems that the notifications are made to work with a square screen.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Um, they said there are design views for BOTH square and circular screens.

          • Brian Wolfman

            may be, but its kinda like a circle versus square pizza…just get more “space” looks aside.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Personally, I like the circle. I’ve had “square” shaped watches before and they tend to catch more on things in day to day activities. Also, if you have an area of 2 square inches, it doesn’t matter if that is in a Square or circle. Sure the diameter of the circle would be larger, but the total square footage would be the same. So if you have a Circular screen that is 1.6 inches in diameter, it would have 2 square inches of total space to show things in. If you have a Square that is 1.42 inches on a side, you have the same 2 square inches of space to show things. The designers can make a circular watch slight larger, because the curve of the watch won’t catch on things the way a square shaped object can. Sure, if you made the diameter of the circle the same size as the side of a square, you’d have a valid argument, but that isn’t always how design works.

          • Brian Wolfman

            Imagine a circle book versus a square book. Yes, the square footage is the same but words and pictures and everything really is set up as squares/rectangles. You loose functional space. Either the media on the device is square and you loose the area around it, or you make the media circular and you loose the corners of hr media. And I have had many square watches including 2 pebbles and never had any issues with it getting caught on anything. Many non-smart watches are square. I think its all because its the first non-square smart watch so its cool. Why not have circle phones??

  • Matt L

    I think I am going to hold off and wait on more info about the Moto 360…Shouldn’t be that far off.

  • chris125

    With those prices the moto watch is looking go be pretty pricy

    • Android_09

      I bet it’s 299

  • M3D1T8R

    LG: Battery 33% larger.

    Samsung: OLED display, higher res, thinner (important on a watch), lighter, price.

    Neither support wireless charging? Too bad. Comes down to whether the Samsung can last long enough with the smaller battery and higher res display.

    Based on these I remain hopeful the Moto will come in, later release, with wireless qi charging, at $250 or less.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’m pretty sure most places are saying the G Watch has wireless charging.

      • M3D1T8R

        That’s a big plus if true, and if Samsung doesn’t.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I haven’t heard if Samsung’s does or not, yet. I’d still like longer than 36 hours battery life, which is what LG reps told Engadget is the G Watch on time.

  • teevirus

    I hope the Heart Rate Monitor uses a sensor that measures electric signal rather than an optical sensor. My experience having dark skin has been that the optical monitors do not work well.

  • DonSerrot

    Lower price and an extra sensor? Looks like I may actually go for the Samsung watch.

  • tu3218

    So Gear Live as Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and the G Watch just has regular 4.0. So even though the G watch has a bigger battery, do you guys think they’ll still offer up the same battery life since the Gear will have more efficient bluetooth? Can’t decide which one of these I’d like to pick up.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      BLE is a subset of BT 4.0, so even though the LG has full 4.0 (if it really does, those feature lists are pretty sketchy), it fully supports the LE portion of the spec. The additional features of 4.0 aren’t turned on unless a device is connected to them, so it shouldn’t impact things much.

  • SamBoy

    I swear if moto screws over the moto 360 or takes to long to drop it then I’m done with for good they better come hard because I don’t really want a square smart watch I want the 360

  • mgamerz

    AMOLED should provide better battery with black watchfaces so it’s a wash in terms of battery life it sort of seems. If the wrist straps are silicone like the pebble ones are its a pretty decent strap if not fancy. Mines still going strong.

    • john

      power consumption on BT 4.0 LE should be a bit lower than BT 4.0 as well. (the sammy has LE)

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  • Dan Churco

    stand alone GPS would be nice… I don’t want to take my phone with me all the time,

    • john

      Then you shouldn’t buy an android wear device. By design, android wear is an EXTENSION of your smartphone.

      • Dan Churco

        I’m not..that was easy

  • truth_cutz

    Heart Rate monitor is a gimmick…You will use it for a week at most before you forget about it.

    • tu3218

      you must not work out.

      • Android_09

        Or if you really workout, unlike yourself. You’ll have a dedicated watch like the polar rcx 5 for heart rate. No way in hell would I wear one of these to the gym. You’d look like a damn fool. You are the type of person I laugh at at at the gym that just makes me shake my head in disgust that you are even there in the first place.

        • mojo

          Cool story bro.

        • Drew Landgrave

          Hey he’s here to get into better shape… lets make fun of him ಠ_ಠ

  • Aaron

    I really hope they have NFC in one of these for mobile payments with wallet and what not.

    • Andy Taylor

      Great question

  • ruchir chhabra

    i thought sundar pichai was wearing a Moto 360 (http://youtu.be/wtLJPvx7-ys?t=29m26s) at the start of his keynote speech.

    • 213ninja

      he was, at least, according to the live blogs…

  • john

    R.I.P Moto 360.

  • j

    10mm thick. Welcome to the future! as predicted in 1976.

  • Miguel

    The LG with that white strap looks tempting, I might just get it to show it off then sell it and get the Moto X…who’s with me?


    • John

      you could use a workout/armband and even wear the X as a watch, it’s tiny enough.

  • lgreg64

    If doing a round watch was easy they all would be doing it. I am not mad that Moto 360 ready yet. it takes time to do it right.

  • BiggiePhat

    Yeah im torn now. I feel like i should order both and by the time they get to me the review and comparison will be up and i can just return the other one.

  • cgalyon

    Kind of disappointed that there’s no WiFi connectivity… Probably seems superfluous, but I have a reason for wanting a device not tethered to a phone at all times. Maybe the Moto 360 will do it?

    • Alex Boro

      Android Wear is meant as a companion to your phone

    • cjohn4043

      That’s the point though. Android Wear, in its current state, is suppose to act as an extension of your smartphone, not it’s own separate device.

    • aBabyPenguin

      No offense but this idea doesn’t really make sense to me. Without being connected to WiFi your watch would lose most of the features you bought it for. And I would assume most anywhere your watch WOULD be connected to WiFi, your phone would also be nearby. I think bluetooth is the best option.

      • cgalyon

        I agree Bluetooth is necessary, and certainly it makes sense as a companion device (as others are saying). My particular use-case is probably unique. For me, there are times when a phone would not be available, but a watch could be, and would be helpful to still be connected to WiFi (so it could communicate with internet-based services in the absence of a phone)

    • JT3

      I think the point here is wifi connectivity to your phone. One of the features a smart watch usually has is the ability to alert you when you walk away from your phone. When I get home, my phone typically sets on its (wireless) charger, and I don’t tend to carry it from room to room, but my watch would stay on my wrist until I go to bed. I don’t need my watch going crazy because I’ve walked away from my phone. It’d be nice for the watch to continue to operate my phone via the shared wifi connection. However, I hope it is at least location-aware enough to silence the proximity alert when I’m at home.

      • 1TallTXn

        If the BT range works like the Pebble, it’ll be plenty to walk around the house without losing connection.
        Course if you live in a house with metal studs in the wall or similar RF-eating materials, you’ll be SOL.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Strange that the g watch is more expensive. Higher res amoled screen makes the gear the better deal even without the extra 100mah

    • crazed_z06

      Economies of scale… Clearly Samsung has repackaged the current Gear line into an Android Wear device. Hence the reason they can sell it cheaper..

      • Anthony Tyson

        That’s the true true.

  • Daniel Garcia

    Can someone PLEASE so a side by side by side of these two watches and a Peblle Spec wise!!!!

  • dan0matic

    I’m thinking I might just have to wait and see what other think before I jump in on this. I’ve been an early adopter before and I’m a bit suspicious of these two offerings.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m assuming these will also be in the Best Buys and Amzons?

    • 213ninja

      if it goes anything like the newest lineup of Gears, Best Buy will be selling out immediately……

  • Ben Landwehr

    If I was impatient I would get this over Samsung’s for sure. However, I think I’ll hold out for the Moto 360.

    • 213ninja

      this is Samsung’s…

      • Ben Landwehr

        Baha! Wrong thread.

  • Charlie R.

    I’m a little surprised that the Gear Live is the cheaper of the watches and probably still so when we find out the 360’s price.

    • 213ninja

      why? it’s a Neo with Android Wear OS. Neo’s cost $199.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I was all in for the LG………until I realized the Samsung had the heart rate monitor….now I’m a bit torn. I really need to see these on video? I’ll wait for you guys to post

    • xsirxx

      Samsung has a better resolution, smaller, lighter, hear rate monitor…

      • Craig P

        I’m also guessing the whole screen won’t light up if you have a black watch face, (like active display) on the sammy since it’s amoled

      • Samsung’s has a larger footprint with a slightly smaller display, and smaller battery.

    • Alex Boro

      I’m getting the LG. The heart rate monitor is nice but the G-Watch is more attractive and has better battery life

      • Franklin Ramsey

        How would you know if it has a better battery life? They have two different screen techs and processors, so we don’t yet know which gets better battery, just which has a larger battery.

        • Agreed. The Samsung watch has a smaller battery in the mAh sense, (300 vs LG’s 400), however it has the heart rate sensor and the higher resolution display. However, even if you have an Active Display type AMOLED, you still are going to lose a lot of power to the extra pixel processing. When the battery space is already smaller, I’m guessing that the LG is likely going to have better longevity.

          Still, 1 day battery life is really crap for a wearable device. For something like a watch, I would like at least a minimum of 3 days. A weekend without a charger would be nice.

    • Miguel

      I don’t think it’s a deal breaker, I’m pretty sure an app can do that job.

      • Kevin

        im pretty sure the heart rate monitor is a hardware feature

        • Bryan Mills

          My phone can do my heart rate even without the S5s monitor.

          • Kevin

            so can pretty much anyone’s phone with a camera and an LED close to it. hows are the watches going to accomplish that?

    • duncanator

      I’m leaning towards the samsung since this is essentially their second generation smartwatch and have had the time to work on hardware issues that may have impacted their first Galaxy Gear. I used the Gear 2 for about a week and liked it, but had to stop since it didn’t work well with my Nexus 5.

    • Drew Landgrave

      I’ma wait till we see some specs on the Moto 360. I’m really digging the round display. If it has a heart rate monitor i’m all but sold

  • xsirxx

    Seems to me that the samsung is the better option… better res, heart rate monitor, thinner, lighter, just has a smaller battery which is the no go…

    • but with an AMOLED screen, will the battery last longer in practice?

      • xsirxx

        Thats a good question… guess we will find out soon enough eh? I would like to know though.

      • Jeremy Turnley

        The Gwatch comes with a stand you stick it on, with a magnet to pull and keep it in place. I have not seen the Samsung one, but given the pogo pins on the back I would assume it too comes with a custom charging stand. The Moto360 has been confirmed to have Qi wireless charging, so it will probably come with something to make use of that.

    • Jon

      But does the Samsung have an always on screen? Supposedly the LG watch does. My Sony SmartWatch 2 is always showing the time. I love that it does that. I don’t want to have to wake my watch to tell the time.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I heard they were saying in the android wear part of the presentation that the displays were always on.

        Edit: LG is saying there is a companion app for theirs that allows you to change if the display remains on all the time or not. Haven’t heard if Samsung has something similar.

      • Jeremy Turnley

        The LG’s “always on” is a dimmed black screen with a very small time indicator on it, I am not overly impressed. It can be shaken to wake it up, or you can tap the screen, either way didn’t seem overly invasive.

        For some reason the videos with people using the Samsung don’t show as much about the accessories and wake functions. Hopefully someone will post something better before long, otherwise we can wait for full reviews in the next day or two.

        • Brian Wolfman

          Wait, its not a “dimmed” screen but a dimmed screen with a small time? Ugh. Love my pebble that always shows my actual watch face. The moto360 button is dumb. Waiting to buy based on this….makes it much less functional as a watch.

  • Shawn Spring

    Why does the one thing that everyone wants (the Moto 360) get the “coming later this summer” treatment? Man…can’t help but feel that these other “smartwatches” are DOA. Anyone taking either of these over the Moto 360? (noted that price point may be a sticking point for some, but honestly – these are totally luxury items at any price point)

  • Brandon Rosonina

    So…. Do the protesters get a free watch too?

    • Henry C

      I’d like to hear more about those Killer Robots the 2nd one was talking about… maybe a future Androidandroid release?

      • Brandon Rosonina

        Hold your horses that preview comes out at next year’s event O.o

        • elvis

          I hear Apple is already working on their version of killer drones

    • BigTimmay

      I’d switch into protest mode too once I found out there wasn’t a single announcement regarding Hangouts.

  • Bryan

    Furiously refreshing Play Store for hours…

    • Jeremy Alajajian

      MKBHD on twitter saying they will go live around 4pm PST

    • M

      Which are you shooting for? And why?

      • Bryan

        The Samsung, I think it’s more attractive and I like the heart rate monitor addition.

        • Bryan Mills

          Samsung more attractive. ..LOL

          • NexusMan

            LOL but TRUE

        • Justin W

          Hold the phone…

          Per the Play Store page:

          “Android Wear extends the Android platform to wearables. The Samsung Gear Live is compatible with all Samsung phones running Android 4.3, Jelly Bean™ or higher, and all of your favorite Android apps will display notifications on the Samsung Gear Live.”

          Wat. It’s compatible with only Samsung phones?

          For comparison, here’s the G Watch’s note:

          “The G Watch can be used with any Smartphone running Android 4.3 and above. Visit g.co/WearCheck from your phone to see if it’s compatible.”

          • Bryan

            I think that’s a cut and paste from the original model. If you scroll down to REQUIREMENTS, it just says android phones running 4.3 or higher.

          • Justin W

            Possible… I hope so. If Google allowed Samsung to prevent all but Samsung devices from connecting to an Android Wear device, I’d be slightly concerned with why…

        • raybert

          The heart rate monitor on the s5 was unreliable. I got a resting heart rate of 98 on the s5, but my palpated hr was 74. That’s too much of a deviation for me. Such was the case in multiple assessments.

      • Daniel Garcia

        Same here, higher resolution and heart rate for less is awesome. The battery difference I think is negligible as long as it lasts an entire day with a charge which given that my Pebble lasts about a week I think I should be fine. Regardless I have one peddle in black for sale!

        • tu3218

          the Gear has LE Bluetooth 4.0 whereas the G Watch just has regular 4.0. I wonder if that will help at all and make the battery life about the same for each.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well the Gear has LE Bluetooth 4.0 and an AMOLED screen so those should help. No one yet knows which has better battery life, but LG reps are supposedly saying 36 hours.

          • tu3218

            Yeah I just wonder if it’s a mistake the specs listing. I’m surprised the G Watch wouldn’t have LE bluetooth. But I think I am leaning towards the Samsung because the heart rate sensor and knowing that it’ll then definitely be a player in the fitness part of Android Wear which is what I really want. Also for battery life, as long as it outlives my phone that’s all that matters. I want this thing now! lol

          • Laki S.

            Even the LG site lists it as just BT 4.0. Kinda disappointing, but I’m still getting it.

          • tu3218

            Yeah I don’t know what I’m going to do. I want whatever one is going to put more focus into fitness because we know both are gonna display notifications and all that stuff the same. And I’m sure both devices are sure to last at least a day.

          • I thought 4.0 is always LE whether its listed or not. Am I wrong?

          • One of the major additions for BT 4.0 was the LE specification. There was also the specification for smaller radio channel division, multiple data transit methods, and a number of other things.


    • Laki S.

      It’s on sale now!!!

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