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German Press Release Pegs LG G Watch R Price at €299

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Price may end up being the most significant differentiator between the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, if the company’s German press release is anything to go by. According to LG’s PR department, the G Watch R will retail for €299, which is equivalent to around $400 US.

That’s not all. LG also pegged a firm release date for European territories – October.

When the G Watch R eventually reaches American shores, don’t expect the price to be quite so high; VAT and tax rates often inflate the value of electronics sold in Europe, but even considering $400 a ballpark estimate, it seems fairly unlikely the G Watch R will retail for less than the Moto 360’s rumored price of $249.

Future smartwatch owners, will the G Watch R’s price point influence your decision one way or another?

Via: LGAndroid Police
  • Steveo

    Knowing LG they will sell it for $199 the first 4 weeks, then jack it up to regular price.

  • Gary Graf

    Wouldn’t pay no more than $100. Reasoning – it looks more like an $80 watch you buy at a department store.

  • Kevin Guinn

    Plastic display? More expensive? Nothing to see here.

  • Jacob Bondt

    Lg is getting greedy. Price way to high moto 360 for me

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Cool hand wart.

  • spawnbay

    Actually, 299€ is equal to $491.01 as of today.

  • mrpotatohead99

    If you look at the price difference between the Nexus 5 in the UK and the US and then do the comparative conversion for the supposed €299 price of the G Watch R, then the approximate price for the watch in the US should be estimated at $170, not $400. Sounds pretty awesome to me! :) But also not very likely. :( My best guesstimate would be about $200. Certainly, not anywhere close to $400.

    • mrpotatohead99

      You might be laughing at my estimate right now, but it’s completely legitimate. Haha. Remember I purposed this price at the €299 estimate. ;) :P

  • droidrazredge

    This solidifies my Moto360 purchase yet again, not that I had any doubts to begin with, heck I can even buy two Moto360 now and still feel like I came out better than this.

  • jim

    400 ? no F$$$ing way

  • RustyTechGuy

    $400 bucks huh thats a little steep. If that holds true I think I will swing back to the Moto 360 for $250 and put the extra $150 towards the purchase of a new cellphone.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    And now I’m back to the 360.

  • ckeegan

    Not with those stupid numbers imprinted on the bezel. Talk about not thinking out of the box. Any nontraditional watch face (speedometer, digital, etc) will look stupid or at least somewhat out of place. Weren’t they watching the Moto contest? Consumers submitted circular watch faces, and 7 of the top 10 were nontraditional, meaning the numbers on the GWR would be a waste of space with any of them.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    I’m still going for the 360, I like the look of it better and the black bar at the bottom does’nt bother me. Besides this looks like some cheap $20 watch that they’d sell in Nordstrom and I’m not paying $200+ for a “smart watch” or any watch that looks like something I can buy in the $20 fashion acessories bin in The Rail department in Nordstrom

  • Gasaraki

    That photo is so photoshopped. The time numbers don’t even match up with the number on the sides.

    • JimmyHACK

      could be, also could be the ring rotates like it does for most watches.

      • Aristeides

        That only happens on dive watches, with this does not share the correct aesthetic to be. Either way, it’s a horrible photoshop, because the numbers do not line up with the orientation lugs either, which never move.

      • Gasaraki

        The numbers on the side matches up with the button on the side and the top and bottom of the watch, the watch face inside is slanted.

    • NexusMan

      I know. And all that photoshopping LG has done to create a press release for this thing and they couldn’t clean up that disgusting hand they have “modeling” it?

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    Hahahaha. Nope.

  • Sean Walton

    Is it just me or is this LG watch boring looking? I love the 360 look but this just looks plain and dated to me. Plus the price sucks, 360 for me!

    • NexusMan

      It’s not just you. It looks fine. But not a head turner. It looks like a decent Timex that someone other than myself would happily wear.

    • Nikuliai

      it’s standard… the big downside to me is the screen (it may be the picture, but it looks REALLY odd in all of them)

      • AMTrombley89
      • jimt

        This watch will be bigger than the 360. there screens are .2 inches apart. That outside ring has an inner diameter of 1.3 inches. The LG will be a big watch.

        • Nikuliai

          Still smaller than my biggest watch (not by that much tho, and that thing is huge, I just don’t mind). If my -pretty inaccurate- estimates are right the size of those things should be something like:

          Inner Circle Outer Circle Bezel (just the circle)

          LG G Watch: 1.3in (3.3cm) 1.75in (4.44cm) 0.45in (1.14cm)

          Moto 360: 1.5in (3.81cm) 1.69in (4.29cm) 0.19in (0.48cm)

          I can tell It’s pretty noticeable since I have 2 watches that look pretty similar

          The clear one has the size of the G watch (mine is 0.04 inches bigger) and the circle on the black one is the exact same size than the 360 (mine has that metal handle to the bands that adds a lot of space -> the G watch also has it)

          http://i.imgur.com/n7l0Ytd.jpg

          PS: yeah, I like crappy watches

  • Quant

    I wouldn’t put too much weight on this, only hardcore geeks will buy the watch for 300 euros.
    In less than a month after the release it will be available everywhere for ~200, and it will be (as usual) free with one or more of the premium phones. People here don’t spend this kind of money on a gadget for your wrist, at 300 euros we’re entering the entry level market of Tissot and Seiko, and let’s be honest, those are far nicer watches. Few people nowadays wear a watch, and even fewer need their phone info mirrored on it (it’s still relatively easy to pull your phone out of your pocket).

  • 213ninja

    i find that very difficult to believe…i guess we’ll see…

  • joe23521

    They have to beat the $250 mark to have success, IMO. Go all out and sell the thing at $199. Trade profit for some mindshare in this new market may not be a bad idea.

  • droidrazredge

    and with this the Moto360 hype and favoritism just went back up. Time for another poll on which smart-watch Moto360 vs LG G watch R at their rumored price would you purchase.

    • NexusMan

      lols

    • LionStone

      This 10 year old design won’t change much, everyone will still want the 360…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    If it’s one thing we’ve learned from European pricing is that it almost always matches US pricing number for number. If to 299Euro it will be 299US. Almost guaranteed. But knowing LG, they don’t play in their own league, they play to the competition. Since the 360 will probably be 250… They will probably match the price.

  • Maxim∑

    Isn’t the screen plastic OLED?

    • Sankyou

      They just don’t make smart watches like they used to….

  • Sankyou

    Well the 360 has been preemptively gifted to me so I’ll gladly spend my wife’s $300 USD on this. That’s my guess on the price since everyone knows EU gets screwed on prices.

    • droidrazredge

      How is it being preemptively gifted to you ?

      • Sankyou

        A sheet of paper with a photo of the 360 so far :)

        • droidrazredge

          What a lucky guy you are to have nice wife that you have :). I’m hoping my Fiance gets me one as well. early congrats.

    • sirmeili

      Same here with my Fiance :)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Sick_or_Wuut Chris

    even though I was set on the Moto 360 this just reinforced my decision

    • Razball

      Fully agree

  • Sankyou

    Look at the pimple on that guy’s knuckle!

    • cns2007

      And add that it’s on the guys right wrist, so it makes the watch appear upside-down. One of the worst product shots i’ve ever seen.

      • Sankyou

        Oh yeah – that’s even worse. I’m sure LG is looking for a hand model and marketing QA person.

        • 4n1m4L

          and he’s in new york and london at the same time.

          • Sankyou

            At least the 30 is right-side up….hahah

      • JMac726

        Agree it should be on the left wrist, although that wouldn’t make it not-upside-down. When you reach your hand out like that, it will look upside-down to others on either wrist.

        The pimple, on the other hand (see what I did there?), could at least be Photoshopped. Didn’t they simulate the screen for this anyway?

        • cns2007

          “Didn’t they simulate the screen for this anyway?”

          Pretty sure they did, which is a bit sadder. I still like the watch though. :)

    • 213ninja

      looks like a wart…maybe one he tried to freeze off.

      nothing about this picture looks like official marketing material….

  • Brady Wassam

    At first I read this as European Terrorists lol.

  • Tony Byatt

    It will be closer to $299 stateside. Direct conversions are never accurate…

    But that still would be a little high…

  • Mario

    This confirms my moto 360 purchase

    • The Narrator

      You’re happy, I’m happy let’s grab a drink shall we?

      • Mario

        I’ll drink to that. Hell, I”ll drink to anything.

    • Razball

      yep

    • Patrick Crumpler

      I’d have to agree. Unless it is made of ceramic coated stainless. Or carbon fiber or sumptn.

    • r0l

      But what happens if the Moto 360 is $299 with a metal band and the LG GR is $299? dun dun dunnnn

  • Balthazar_B

    $300 for a device that has a life horizon of perhaps one year (perhaps less), competing with one very comparable product at $250, and others that may be well below $200, is a recipe for failure in the marketplace. You can expect fire sales at Overstock for these at the lower end of the range once their obsolescence fast approaches.

  • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

    I hope it IS $400…and the 360 is $250. That’ll make my decision so much easier :)

  • AZ

    Price is probably the biggest factor for me being that Android Wear/Smartwatches will be evolving rapidly. I want to be able to comfortably replace the watch within a year. While I like both the 360 and the G Watch R quite a bit, if the Asus comes in between $100-$150 that’s what I’ll probably end up getting. A year or two from now I could see spending more on a smartwatch but it’s too early in the game for me right now to commit to spending that much.

  • bkosh84

    Well.. LG just killed themselves on pricing. I’d rather buy a real watch at that price. As of right now, wearables are a niche market, and it’s going to take a LOT of development from both Google/Apple to push them beyond that.

  • jbworldwide1

    4 hunnid? That 360 looks better now.

  • Thomas O’Brien

    If that’s true, even removing the VAT, I’m out…

  • diehardbattery

    It will never sell if that’s really going to be the price…. although I could see that being the price for the Gear S…

  • mcdonsco

    Hey LG, pass the joint.

  • epps720

    That makes the 360 all the more attractive

  • Zach B.

    Even if they do the whole €299 = $299 thing, I’m starting to lean back toward the 360. I suppose we’ll see next week.

    • koopadoop

      Lots of hardware and software does this (cost of doing business in the EU puts a premium on things I guess), I would expect $299 USD on release and $199 USD a few weeks later with the LG G Watch RS (or M/AMG/F ?) comes out.

      • The Narrator

        299.99 sounds about right once it hits the states.

        • Balthazar_B

          That’s the best news Motorola/Lenovo has seen in the past couple of days.

      • Kumarownzu

        i like your humor with Audi, BMW, Merc, and Lexus. Not sure if anyone else cause that hahaha

        • MistaButters

          nvm missed the RS

          • Kumarownzu

            In order of what he said: RS for Audi, M for BMW, AMG for Merc, F for Lexus

          • MistaButters

            I already updated. I went right past RS and straight to the parenthesis.

          • Kumarownzu

            Touche no problem, glad to see some car lovers nonetheless!

          • MistaButters

            I definitely appreciated the car reference.

      • Mickey A Valentine

        360 in bright hot red ;D

  • http://godshand79.tumblr.com/ Dorian Brooks

    $400…. !!!
    :jaw drop:

    If true