LG is launching its G7 ThinQ on May 2nd, just a couple of days from now, but that might not be the only hardware that the Korean manufacturer unveils this week with reports of a new Wear OS smartwatch also being announced. The LG Watch Timepiece, as the new smartwatch is called, will feature a hybrid design consisting of Wear OS and a mechanical clock setup with physical watch hands.
With a stainless steel body that sports IP68 water and dust resistance, the LG Watch Timepiece is said to have impressive battery life courtesy of its analog quartz movement which is capable of lasting up to a hundred days on a single charge of its 240mAh battery. This feat is achieved by disabling almost all the smart capabilities that Wear OS brings to the table. When the watch battery is flat, the watch will continue to keep track of time for almost 100 hours.
LG Watch Timepiece features:
- 1.2-Inch circular LCD display (360 x 360 resolution, 300ppi)
- Snapdragon 2100 processor
- 768MB LPDDR3 RAM
- 4GB Built-in storage
- 45.5 x 45.4 x 12.9mm
- 22mm Watchbands (swappable)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 9-Axis motion sensor
- Bluetooth 4.2
- USB Type-C
- IP68 Certification
- Available in Aurora Black and Cloud Silver
Besides the Watch Timepiece, LG is also said to be launching the Watch Timepiece+ which will come with additional accessories such as silicon and a metal straps, and an extra charging cradle. Neither model is thought to include NFC or GPS functionality. LG is expected to announce the Watch Timepiece and Plus models sometime this week, possibly when it launches it’s new G7 ThinQ handset. It’s thought that the hybrid smartwatch will be available to buy sometime in June for around the $250-350 mark.
It’s disappointing that we still see the Snapdragon 2100 processor used in modern smartwatch designs. The Snapdragon 2100 is built with an archaic, hugely inefficient 28nm process that was only relevant to mobile processors as far back as 2013 with the Snapdragon 800. We all complain about battery life and performance when using Wear OS devices, but the manufacturer’s hands are tied until Qualcomm gets off its backside and develops a new processor for the wearable marker, or another chip maker such as Intel seriously enters the fray. Despite this, you have to give LG credit for attempting to do something different from was done before.
The Watch Timepiece has certainly piqued my interest although I am concerned about the tiny battery (240mAh). Still, it’s something to look forward to in the dismal world of smartwatches.