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Save the date: LG G Watch R launches October 14, steep price a major concern

It’s (almost) official, LG’s “full circle” G Watch sequel hits the streets midway through next month for an undisclosed price that will however no doubt make the rectangular first-gen feel affordable.

LG G Watch R-2

Until the Apple iWatch comes to possibly propel wearable devices into the mainstream tech world, early adopters of “wrist-worn smartphones” have two choices. Either go square and cheap, or round and spend a small fortune on a timepiece.

Not an easy call, but if money ain’t an issue, the beautiful LG G Watch R and Motorola Moto 360 should definitely be near the top of your holiday shopping lists. Technically, the 360 starts at $250, which isn’t quite prohibitive.

Yet metallic versions are $300 and up, and we can’t stress enough how sturdy and handsome those feel and look. Meanwhile, LG left out the specific retail cost information regarding the G Watch R during its recent announcement, which in itself is ominous news.

LG G Watch R

And now The Wall Street Journal has it on good authority the “distinctive” Android Wear gizmo will be pricier than its lackluster predecessor. Mind you, that’s pricier than the G Watch at the time of its debut, so over $230, not just over $200.

Okay, so it’s still possible the G Watch R retails for $250, right? Sure, but if we were you, we wouldn’t hold our breaths. LG’s very own German division unintentionally spilled the beans not long ago, hinting at €300. So all in all, the stateside magic number is likely $300. Ouch!

The silver lining (yes, there is one) is that, again according to WSJ, LG will be pulling off quite the impressive turnaround. Namely, a month and a half between G Watch R’s formal intro and its commercial launch. That’s how it’s done, Motorola.

Unfortunately, October 14, which is the rumored D-Day, could well see the chic, retro, round-faced smartwatch go on sale in limited quantities in one or two markets around the world. Or it could mark a wide-scale global release. Only time will tell.

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In the meantime, we’ll let you drool over live pics of the G Watch R and bits and pieces of its spec sheet:

  • 1.3-inch P-OLED display with 320 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage space
  • 410 mAh battery
  • IP67 certification for water and dust resistance
  • Stainless steel frame
  • Heart rate monitor, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, barometer
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity

Source: Wall Street Journal

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