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LG Officially Announces the G Watch R, It’s Round Watch With a Plastic OLED Display

LG hasn’t wasted any time in announcing their brand new round smartwatch, the G Watch R, a device that sports a circular Plastic OLED display and surprisingly premium build materials.  This is far from the cheap plastic square we saw when LG announced the original G Watch just a couple of months ago. 

The new G Watch R sports a 1.3-inch circular P-OLED display (320×320), 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, 410mAh battery, IP67 dust and water resistant rating, and runs Android Wear. The device is made of a durable stainless steel frame, along with an interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap, giving it “an air of modern prestige. LG is calling this the first circular Plastic OLED display that uses 100% of its watch face, which is them taking another shot at the Moto 360.

Can someone tell them that the “30” is upside down?

The G Watch R (what a name) will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. No pricing was announced, but if you are attending IFA in Berlin next week, it will be on display for your viewing pleasure.


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New Android Wearable First to Feature Full Circle P-OLED Display

SEOUL, Aug. 28, 2014 — Following the June release of one of the first-to-market wearable device powered by Android Wear™, LG Electronics (LG) is quickly expanding its wearable product offerings with the unveiling a new Android Wear device — the LG G Watch R at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. The LG G Watch R is the world’s first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display and utilizes 100 percent of its watch face.

The most eye-catching feature of the LG G Watch R is its 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display that produces stunning image clarity even under bright sunlight and superb clarity when viewed from any angle. Powered by a powerful 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, the LG G Watch R offers 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a durable 410mAh battery. This Android Wear device will effortlessly run all compatible apps available in the Google Play Store and with an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67, the LG G Watch R is designed to run for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water.

With Android Wear™ at its core, the LG G Watch R delivers essential and relevant information exactly at the right time and place through voice recognition notifications. With a suite of LG health and fitness apps, users can also monitor their heartbeats with the support of the embedded photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor. And the smart notifications provide users with important reminders of missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts.

With an artisanal elegance, the LG G Watch R boasts a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces. Replete with a circular watch face, this elegantly crafted Android wearable has classic curves encased in a strong, durable stainless steel frame and carries a suite of watch faces that are accessible with a simple touch of the display. Its interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap also complements its overall aesthetic, giving it an air of modern prestige.

“What we’ve noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is a category that can’t be compared to smartphones and tablets,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Wearables are also accessories and consumers will want more than one to choose from. So we wanted to complement the modern design of the original G Watch with the classic look of the G Watch R. Customers can’t go wrong with either device.”

The LG G Watch R will be available in key markets early in the fourth quarter of 2014. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA can see LG G Watch R up close in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.

Key Specifications:
■ Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
■Ÿ Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
■ Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
■ Battery: 410mAh
■Ÿ Operating System: Android Wear™
(compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
■Ÿ Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG
■ Color: Black
■Ÿ Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

  • Hoffman

    The 30 is “upside down” because it’s supposed to look like a diver’s watch bezel which turns so the numbers are always changing position.

  • Raven

    When someone makes a daylight readable when not illuminated round watch (like Mirasol) running Android Wear, that will be my next watch (even if I already own 1 of the current choices). I just don’t really want a watch that has to glow to be readable. I would much prefer some kind of color e-ink like display any day.

  • Sankyou

    This with a stainless steel band and I’ll finally have an option that doesn’t look awful on my small wrist! Was waiting for the 360 but looks like I’ll be waiting longer.

  • Joshua Rewerts

    So, basically Motorola delayed too long and now they have some decent competition…wonder how much this will hurt their eventual sales. To be honest, I’m probably going to wait for reviews of both to see what the good or bad points are, and even then maybe wait one more generation for everyone to work out the issues in hardware, battery life, and to let Android Wear mature a bit. Let some healthy competition kick in for our hard-earned luxury spending money!

  • sirmeili

    I don’t know. I’m of mixed feelings about this. I actually do like the look more than I thought. I would prefer a metal band (Which if it has a universal connector is easily solved). I am weirded out by the numbers ring/bezel. What would make it somewhat shine is if they “light” up to help indicate the time (for when you aren’t on a watch face). Though that might be too gimmicky..LOL

    However, I like both this and the 360. I don’t think of it as a “competition”, but more of as more options. I could see me potentially owning both, but I would wear them in different situations. I like that it has an oLED screen and I’m hoping that the 360 does as well (better battery life when the screen is “dimmed”).

  • epps720

    I love how Samsung announces another (ugly) watch, and nobody cares. Rightfully so!

    • Grizzy

      Obviously you do if you made a comment about it on a LG thread.

      • epps720


  • alex

    its and it’s are not the same

  • epps720

    I’m shocked, I actually really like the look of this. Can’t wait to see some hands on videos at IFA. The size of the watch seems more reasonable than the 360. 360 always seemed huge in the pictures

  • Shadowstare

    Its Pretty.

  • Ann Droid

    Even with a black bar the 360 will be bigger. 1.3″, seriously?

  • yummy

    Moto LG slugfest, steam the weiners, and pop some kernels!

  • mcdonsco

    That actually looks WAY better than their teaser pics made it out to be.

    Plastic screen though?

    • Balthazar_B

      See the comment above yours…

      • mcdonsco

        Imaginary? I’m not seeing one above mine.

      • mcdonsco

        There doesn’t appear to be one above mine?

      • Ian

        There are multiple ways to sort comments and they are constantly in flux so you suggesting a relative reference to a comment is useless.

  • Mickey A Valentine

    Really, those marketing photos actually sell the phone to me. But plastic display? Maybe some sapphire would be nice.

    • Balthazar_B

      Don’t confuse the display with the crystal. The former is plastic OLED; the latter is yet to be determined (but I’ll bet Corning Gorilla Glass).

      • Mickey A Valentine

        Ah oh true true, I generalized. Gorilla glass would be nice.

  • NexusMan

    I love how they’re selling point (and those buying into it) is “the 1st circular smartwatch that uses all of the screen.” AND? So what? All that translates to me, is yet ANOTHER smartwatch without an ambient light sensor, that you’ll have trouble viewing indoors and outdoors, and drive yourself crazy trying to go into settings and manually crank up the brightness everytime you go outside, and then doing the reverse when you’re indoors and the screen is blinding you. FAIL. They’re acting like they’ve achieved some type of innovation. NO. Moto actually made a conscious decision to create an edge to edge circular watch that intelligent adjust brightness. And I appreciate their design efforts.

    • Balthazar_B

      Well, we don’t know yet whether it has a light sensor or not. Even if it doesn’t, I’ll betcha the Google watch face API supports a simple gesture for adjusting brightness pretty easily.

      • NexusMan

        I’m sorry, didn’t they release the specs? Officially? It doesn’t have it.

  • Ray

    I want both!!!!!

  • Tyler

    Still think the Moto 360 looks classier than this. That edge to edge display just looks sharp imo. But with that said, this is significantly better than any smart watch you can buy today.

    • Balthazar_B

      Of course, you can’t buy this LG today. Or tomorrow. Or for several more weeks, at least.

      • Tyler

        It was more of a jab at the rectangle smartwatches and how they are all ugly or that i rank this a second best, either or.

    • firemanprice

      I don’t know Tyler about that. I mean the ⌚ does look nice, but I’m digging my Martian Passport⌚ a little more. The Martian Passport is more classier I think.

  • Cruiserdude

    As a long time watch geek who prefers automatics and their complex mechanical movements, I thought it would be awhile before a watch came along that I actually liked the look of.

    I have to say, the functionality of Android wear is appealing, and the Moto is nice enough that I wouldn’t mind wearing it. But it certainly isn’t attractive enough for me to leave the Omega at home.

    But this LG actually looks nice enough that I can see myself wearing it with pride. That thing looks REALLY nice, hard to believe it’s a smart watch. If it looks that good up close in real life, it may just find its way onto my wrist.

    I’m typing this on my G3, and I gotta say that LG has really stepped it up lately. Never thought I’d find myself singing their praises, but this is one nice phone. If they can build a watch the way they’ve built this phone and make it look like that picture, I’m sold.

    • Bruce Purvis

      I’m with you on the automatics, I never thought I would find a smart watch that would make me not wear my Coke bezel Rolex every day.

      If this thing looks as good in person I might be picking one up.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Umm yea I’ll just stick with my Moto 360 plz.

  • Rodeojones000

    Well, I’m definitely not buying the 360 now.

  • Deegan1212

    So this has roughly the same processor as my gnex…. I need a new phone

    • SA_NYC

      Ha ha ha, buddy, do yourself a favor and upgrade!! I loved my GNex long and hard, then a little over a year ago lost it and replaced it with a Note 2 (just upgraded that to an LG G3, but I digress). I literally couldn’t believe how much better an overall experience the Note 2 was, even with all the foibles like TouchWiz and the physical home button. Seriously, no technical glitches, a great screen, a BATTERY LIFE TO SPARE (my single biggest gripe with the GNex). I just wish I’d swapped out the GNex the first day the Note 2 came out. Seriously, just do it, you won’t regret it.

    • M3D1T8R

      Get a DNA for about 150 bucks on Swappa. I came from a G.Nex to the DNA well over a year ago and wow.. can’t believe how much better it is in every way other than the 16GB storage. Definitely still one of the best performing phones you can get for the price. Root and Rom it and it’s even better. The battery is even not bad considering its only 2020mah. Lasts 3x as long as G.Nex..which I used to carry with FIVE replacement batteries.

  • spiff72

    I think the numbers on the outside are a non rotating bezel. They will very likely look out of place with what I assume will be a more traditional digital clock face option (I presume that would be a choice via Google Wear?).
    I can’t believe the art/graphic design /marketing did such a poor job of aligning the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock markers with the bezel marks in that Triumph photo. The bezel marks appear to be centered correctly on the top center and bottom center , but the 6 and 12 o’clock marks on the face are rotated about 2-3 minutes CCW from the bezel marks. This was the first thing I noticed when I saw the photo – even with the watch as small as it is in the image.

    The other image of the watch , laying on its side looked better. The marks line up properly on that one.

    • I have a feeling since it looks misaligned (triumph pic), it means it rotates like a dive watch.

      • spiff72

        It’s possible, I suppose…but I am leaning toward a poor rendering job. The problem I see is that the 12 o’clock marking on the watch face isn’t centered on the body of the watch (in the center of the band attachment area), while the bezel marker does appear centered. If it was the other way around , I might be more inclined to think it was a rotating bezel…

  • John Kitchen

    This looks super nice but the Moto 360 is more my style

  • Matt G

    My first major problem is the numbers on the outside. You can customize the watch face to be something else other than the stock one and will basically render the numbers on the outside useless

  • Tyrone Biggums

    THIS is how you do it Motorola. Take notes…

    • NexusMan

      It’s a render. Relax. And we have yet to see the actual screen with Android Wear running on this thing.

  • kashtrey

    I think it looks really nice and may be a second purchase after the 360. BUT, and it’s a huge but, a plastic screen on a watch just sounds like a recipe for disaster and a huge fail. I rather have a plastic body with a sapphire screen than a metal body with a plastic screen. The screen/watchface is the most important part of a watch and if it’s covered in scratches within a few days, then it’s not going to be that great looking of an accessory.

    • Balthazar_B

      Uhhhhh…not a plastic crystal. Do you think the Moto has an LCD crystal?

  • jimt

    This has a plastic bottom and plastic ring on top with the numbers I bet.

  • Matt G

    Something about it reminds me of those fake watches you buy at Walmart I don’t know why..

    • jimt

      Could be the plastic. The leather strap doesn’t help either. Stainless steel band, please.

  • jbworldwide1

    Nope! It’s looks better than the 360. I’m not getting either unless it’s gifted to me like my Pebble, but that’s a good looking timepiece!

  • kixofmyg0t

    No Snapdragon 810!?!? No 4GB of RAM? No 128GB of storage with sd card and Quad HD display?

    Sorry I’m not buying a watch with last year specs!

  • Stainless Steel. Leather band.

    In the words of Timberlake…. “I be on my suit n tie $#*t tie $#*t.”

    I’m down for geek chic.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    ANNNND Just like that. I’m done waiting for Moto. Moving on…Thank you LG.

    • Matt G

      Moto 360 may still come out before this

      • Bryan Mills

        But this was announced..so might as well wait

        • vzwuser76

          And how many other watches will be announced by the time this watch drops? With that reasoning, you’d always be waiting and never buy anything, of course that’d save you money.

          • Kevin

            They’re not releasing watches every month you know.

          • stang68

            At this rate, they kind of are.

          • Kevin

            So what Smart Watches have they released?

          • vzwuser76

            Still on the horizon we have Asus, HTC, OnePlus, and most likely Lenovo and other Chinese OEMS. If they all release this year that’s at least one a month.

    • r0l

      I’ll get the Moto 360 assuming it’s released in Sept and worry about this one when it is released. Might be 2-3 months.

      Plus Moto has proven with the Moto X they can squeeze more out of their hardware than any other OEM. So I’m going to bank on the G round not being better. Either as good or worse.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    It does look as though Moto lost a little Mojo. Better be flawless or sub $200 now Motorola.

  • jerflash

    wow…this looks really nice actually. moto really dropped the ball by not releasing sooner. looks like i will be keeping my lg g3 and adding a g watch r soon

  • Cael

    All that bezel and no ambient light sensor?
    Plus that upside down 30?


    360 looks more sleek to me.

    • Bryan Mills

      Like a flat tire


      • Cael

        Right, have fun with a dead watch.

        • Bryan Mills

          Uh huh. Have you used it? Or nahhhh

          • Cael

            Well the G Watch has horrible battery life and this is basically the same only with an extra 10 mAh? Yeah good luck with that durable battery life.

            I’ll stick with the Moto 360 gets 2.5x the battery life of the Gear whatever and G Watch.

          • Bryan Mills

            Uh huh. It’s your money. Do what ya want brah

          • Cael

            Indeed I will.

          • jimt

            There is no mention of wireless charging for this thing.

          • Bryan Mills

            Doesn’t bother me

          • jimt

            Wireless is the way to go.

          • NexusMan

            cuz it doesnt have it

          • Balthazar_B

            The OLED screen should be much more energy efficient than a backlit LCD. No battery specs on the Moto yet, so hard to tell which will last longer. Should see some reviews addressing battery life on both watches soon enough.

    • jbdan

      Why are people including the article author saying the 30 is upside down….crikey has no one owned a real watch before!! or am I really that old…

      • Cael

        this is supposed to be a smartwatch tho…

        • jimt

          That’s dumb. /s

        • You want a smartwatch that looks like crap? Buy the G Watch or the Gear Live then. I rather own one trying to look like a real watch.

          • Cael

            No I’ll be getting the 360. I never told you not the buy this. I just won’t be.

          • jimt

            It doesn’t look that bad.

        • jimt

          It will be just as smart as the 360, maybe.

    • sj0808

      You make me laugh

    • Benjamin Clay

      lol, the 30 is supposed to be that way.

  • droidrazredge

    This will be a great backup watch in case I somehow manage to break my Moto360 and I’m waiting for a replacement watch.

    • Ryan Dombroski

      Exactly what I was thinking! haha

  • BenG

    Damn and I really wanted to buy the 360 but now idk I mean its got a barometer for God’s sake!

  • Patrick Crumpler

    I hope everyone realizes that the minutes ring on the outside is a graphic design on the screen and not physically there. Looks pretty good to me. And if it is like the plastics they use on some mid level G-Shock it will last for quite a while. And not shatter.

    • stang68

      I don’t know if you’re right about that…

    • jimt

      Guess again, its a steel ring or maybe plastic that may even rotate. It will protect the screen.

    • jbdan

      Wait… Are you speaking about the bezel? If so then I believe you’re wrong.

  • Kyle

    this may be a foolish question but is the trim with all the ticks and the 15/45 minute marks part of the screen itself? and the whole thing is part of the digital watch face?

    • jimt

      The ring with the numbers is steel not display.

  • droidrazredge

    I wonder how the durability of POLED LG G watch R screen will be versus Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen of the Moto360?

    • jesse542

      Display technology and glass technology are not the same thing. The G Watch R has a P-OLED display, but the glass technology has not been confirmed (i.e, whether it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sapphire Crystal, or some other scratch-resistant glass). The Moto 360 on the other hand has been all but confirmed to feature a backlit LCD and Gorilla Glass 3.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Does it have a light sensor like moto 360? NOPE!

    PD: The “30” is ok, it’s suposed to be upside down, look the “15” and “45”.

    • droidrazredge

      I wonder if you can twist the parts with the numbers like you can do on a real watch ? or is it more of an aesthetic look.

      • jbdan

        Like a uni-directional rotating bezel on a dive watch or multi directional on a standard watch. If so it wouldn’t serve much purpose but that doesn’t mean it won’t/can’t be done. It’s most likely a stationary bezel (just a guess)

        • jimt

          My dive watches rotate both directions, why would one only go in one direction? They do this for compasses also. I think rotating like that is really more for a compass.

          • jbdan

            Then you do not own a real dive watch. It might say it somewhere and might even claim to be. Long story short google dive watch unidirectional bezel. Out of curiosity what brand dive watch do you have

  • Gfame103

    And what is the release date for the Moto? Looks like LG got it wrong the second time also.

  • frozenmangox

    no stainless steel band option like the 360? :/

    • Ryan Powell

      I wonder about that option with the 360 though. Everything we are seeing recently has been leather only. No signs of the stainless steel band. Bet we don’t see that option for a month or two after launch of the 360.

    • kashtrey

      It’s user replaceable just like the 360, so just find a good aftermarket one.

  • Ryan Powell

    I’m still choosing Moto 360 over this. Can’t put my finger on it but something about it looks cheap.

    • Bryan Mills

      Stainless Steel looks cheap?

      • Ryan Powell

        No, not materials really. I think its the face they used. I know that will change but with the one displayed it turns me off of it at the moment.

        • Bryan Mills


          • Ryan Powell

            I think it’s just these press photos. The metal looks cheap in the photos which I know it won’t in person if its stainless. Either way happy to see more round options coming our way.

    • With the bronze face (in the motorcycle photo) I think it looks good. You can always swap out straps/bands/watch faces.

    • jbdan

      Opposite for me. This makes the 360 look less nice (not cheap)

    • sj0808

      Is this guy serious? This looks much much classier than moto 290

      • NexusMan

        Classier I think NOT. This G R JR whatever won’t look like ANYTHING at all, when you can’t see that screen in the sunlight.

  • Bryan Mills

    Sorry Moto, that’s one sexy watch.

    • jbdan

      It really is. It looks more like a “real watch”

      • Benjamin Clay

        I agree. it is sexy and it does look like a ‘real’ watch. Just torn on whether I want the ‘real’ but a smartwatch look or the ‘what watch is that?’ smartwatch look of the Moto360

        • jbdan

          That is definitely the decision many will face I agree with you 100%

  • Michael Sahaid

    I’ll wait to see comparisons and reviews between the 360 and this. Now I’m considering both!

  • Jaxon Wright

    not bad, but I’ll still take a Moto 360

  • This watch looks REALLY good. Much better than I thought. Oh, and before “someone” complains about the upside down 30 =)

    • Bryan Mills

      And that sideways 45 and 15! Gah!

    • Casey Artner

      On the Rolex that bezel turns though so it’s preferred they all face the same direction. Not sure the same can be said for a smartwatch.

      • C-Law

        It looks like the bezel turns on this watch too, unless the motorcycle pic was photo shopped. It looks like it was turned just a little bit in the pic bc the 30 doesn’t line up with the 6
        Edit: never mind, the watch face looks more crooked than the ring around it. Definitely a photoshopped display

    • Sean Elliott

      Honestly I think this looks pretty ugly too. Don’t care that it’s a rolex. But hey whatever floats your boat.

      • That’s fine. I’m just pointing out that the upside down/sideways numbers on the outer ring is normal for a diver’s watch.

        • Sean Elliott

          True true

    • Cory S

      Thanks. Ron was driving me nuts on the podcast.

    • Miguel

      This might be my next, Moto lost me on their waiting game, if this sucker is around $250 it’s going to be a hard decision, I guess the reviews will have the final say.

      • Benjamin Clay

        Hey Miguel. Looks as if this isn’t out until late Q4 so Moto will probably be available first.

  • duoexo

    Hmmm not bad at all.